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Start Here: About this Book Club

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Welcome to the Gardening Book Club!

This is your home for asking questions, giving advice, and sharing your success stories (and frustrations!) about gardening.

We have selected a few core gardening books that cover a wide range of gardening topics. There isn't a one-book-per-month structure for discussing these core texts; instead, they will function as a springboard -- a reference library, if you will -- for any gardening discussion you'd like to have.

The Gardening Library includes:

Book Cover Image: Title: Your House, Your Garden, Author: Gordon Hayward Buy It Your House, Your Garden: A Foolproof Approach to Garden Design Gordon Hayward Hayward provides practical do-it-yourself garden and landscape design, including dozens of detailed plans. Take clues from the style, materials, and proportions of your house, but also garages and outbuildings, property lines, streets, walls, and walkways. With more than 200 color photographs, you'll soon learn how to design gardens that relate best to your surroundings.

Book Cover Image: Title: Encyclopedia of Perennials, Editor: Graham Rice Buy It Encyclopedia of Perennials Graham Rice (Editor) Lavishly illustrated throughout with plant portraits and pictures of perennials in their natural environs, this comprehensive A-Z guide to the most popular and versatile group of plants will appeal to new gardeners and confirmed green thumbs.

Book Cover Image: Title: Complete Trees, Shrubs & Hedges, Author: Jacqueline Heriteau Buy It Complete Trees, Shrubs & Hedges Jacqueline Heriteau Learn how to select the finest plants for specific growing conditions, as well as plants that look good together. With hundreds of color photographs and descriptions of beautiful, low-maintenance, widely-available, pest- and disease-resistant plants, this is your guide for adding privacy, shade, color, and texture to the landscape all year round.

Book Cover Image: Title: The Complete Flower Gardener, Author: Cutler, Ellis Buy It The Complete Flower Gardener Karan Davis Cutler and Barbara W. Ellis This comprehensive volume on organic flower gardening contains information on everything from creating gardens and borders, to composting, flower design and garden maintenance. Part I of the book includes general gardening and design advice, and Part II is an extensive encyclopedia of more than 175 species of flowers.

Book Cover Image: Title: Vegetable Gardening, Author: Bradley, Courtier Buy It Vegetable Gardening: From Planting to Picking -- The Complete Guide to Creating a Bountiful Garden Fern Marshall Bradley and Jane Courtier Growing vegetables isn't difficult, and you don't need an enormous field to yield copious crops. Best of all, you can successfully grow and safely eat the fruits of your labor, whether you choose to be exclusively organic or not. The two authors -- one an organic farmer, one not -- present a balanced guide to creating an abundant home garden.

Book Cover Image: Title: Giant Book of Garden Solutions, Author: Jerry Baker Buy It Jerry Baker's Giant Book of Garden Solutions: 1,954 Natural Remedies to Handle Your Toughest Garden... Jerry Baker Baker shows you how to use common household products and down-home ingenuity to combat common gardening problems. Recipes include homemade insect sprays and fertilizers that replace chemical, store-bought alternatives. Green thumbs as well as novice gardeners can use beer, baby shampoo, ammonia, and other domestic products to produce prize flowers, vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Your moderator is Becke Davis, our resident green thumb. She'll provide some general discussion questions to keep us moving forward, but you should also feel free to start a New Message at any time.

The conversation is yours to grow, so enjoy the book club!

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Re: Encyclopedia of Perennials

Whenever I work on "Ask the Experts" panels, it seems that a lot of the questions are about perennials -- which ones to plant for a long bloom period, which ones are hardy, which ones look good together, which ones are easy to maintain.

This book is a good reference, with the benefit of hundreds of detailed photographs to help you make your selections or to identify mystery plants in your garden.
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Re: Start Here: These books and others

Hi! I just want to remind you all that while BN.com is recommending these books, with this book club we can discuss any books you like. So, if any of you have a gardening book you'd like to discuss or recommend, let us know. Also, if there are any other garden-related products you'd like to discuss, just say the word.
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Re:Trees and Shrubs

This book would come in handy for those of you who are noticing all the beautiful trees and shrubs in bloom in your neighborhood and wondering what they all are. In my area, star magnolias, saucer magnolias and hybrid magnolias have suddenly burst into bloom. Today a lot of flowering pears started flowering, and of course, the forsythia look better every day. Although the forsythia bloomed a bit later than usual, many of the flowering trees are blooming early.

Trees are expensive but long lived, for the most part, so it's worth doing a little investigation through garden reference books before investing in one. Make sure that the tree you purchase is right for your climate and soil types, and that your yard gets sufficient sunlight for it to thrive.
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Re: Start Here: About this Book Club

Have any of you read these books, or do you own them for your own reference library? Let me know what you think of them!