Library Index

Book Titles

  1. The $64 Tomato
  2. A-Z of Annuals, Biannual and Bulbs
  3. Arizona Weeds – an Illusrated Guide
  4. Art of the Kitchen Garden
  5. Best Plant Book Ever
  6. Botany of Desire
  7. Building Outdoor Structures
  8. Carrots Love Tomatoes
  9. Container Gardening
  10. Desert Wildflowers
  11. Everyday Garden Solutions – Reader’s Digest
  12. Flowering Plants
  13. Garden Decorating Book
  14. Garden Madness
  15. Gardening for Life – The Biodynamic Way
  16. Great Plants for Small Gardens – Japanese Gardens
  17. Harvesting Rainwater for Landscaping
  18. Japanese Gardens
  19. Kitchen Gardeners Handbook – Design Plans
  20. Let it Rot – Composting
  21. Native Plants for High Elevation Western Garden
  22. New Small Garden
  23. Organic Gardening for the 21st Century
  24. Potting Sheds – Romance of Gardeners Made Simple
  25. Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Made Simple
  26. Successful Gardening
  27. Sunset Western Garden Book
  28. Supermarket Super Gardens
  29. Talking Dirt – Organic Gardening
  30. Tea Gardens – Places to Make and Take Tea
  31. Tulips
  32. Vegetable Gardening – Simple Steps to Success
  33. Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States (Idaho, Mountain, Utah)
  34. What’s Wrong with My Vegetable Garden – 100% Organic Solutions
  35. You Can Garden Anywhere – Tips the Experts Don’t Want You to Know

DVD Titles

  1. Extraordinary Birds
  2. Pruning
  3. The Art of Gardening

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More Details on the Books

The $64 Tomato

William Alexander

A humorous essay detailing the design, construction, nurturing, and fruition of a garden on Long Island.  It chronicles overpriced landscape architects, lackadaisical contractors, plagues of Japanese beetles, and the accounting details of how one Brandywine tomato is reconned to cost $64.   It captures the spirit of why we garden, and what it costs us.   

A-Z of Annuals, Biannuals & Bulbs

Fiona Gilsenan

Readers Digest, Pub. 1994. 176 pp.  


Art of the Kitchen Garden

Jan Gertley

Taunton Press, 1999

150 pages.  8.5″ x 11″

Artistic designs, and plants that feature colorful foliage and flowers figure prominently in this book that celebrates the sort of kitchen garden common within the French Ancein Regime and now rarely found outside bits of the Loire Valley.  It provides information on artful designs and plant selections that will bring them to fruition. 

Best Plant Book Ever

Comprehensive Guide to Living with Plants

George Seddon

Rand McNally, 1977

The Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan



Everyone’s favorite food anthropologist teaches us why we like peaches.  

Building Outdoor Structures

Scott McBride

Taunton Press 2007

192 pp. 9.19″ x 10.38″

A detailed how-to guide for using wood to construct pergolas, arbors, retaining walls, and more.  

Carrots Love Tomatoes

Secrets of companion planting for successful gardening

Loise Riotte

Storey Publishing

224 pp 6″ x 9″

Companion planting can  increase yield, preserve soil fertility, and repel pests.  This guide suggests some of the best and worst pairings. Parsley loves asparagus, but broccoli hates tomatoes.  Follow good companion planting and help your garden become its own healthy ecosystem. 


Container Gardening

Stephanie Donaldson

Desert Wildflowers

Arizona Highways

Everyday Garden Solutions

National Gardening Association. 

256 Pages.  7.8″ 9.9″

Questions answered about weather, composting, ground covers, roses, bulbs, and so on. Perhaps there is some talk of dirt since it talks about a reading age of 18 years and older.  Its sole reviewer gave it one star at  

Feng Shui for Gardens

Lillian Too



Flowering Plants
Garden Decorating Book
Garden Madness
Gardening for Life – The Biodynamic Way

Maria Thun, Matthew Barton (Translator)

Hawthorne Press, 1999

128 pages, 6.5″ x 8.5″ 

Nurture the soil and your plants will grow.  The book addresses building and maintaining soil fertility, good planting times, biodynamic preparations,  and dealing with diseases and pests. 

Great Plants for Small Gardens – Japanese Gardens
Harvesting Rainwater for Landscaping

Patricia Waterfall

Arizona Cooperative Extension Service

56 pages. 

The publication discusses how to collect and store non-potable rainwater for the purpose of keeping landscape plants alive. Starting with simple methods and working toward more complex ones, it covers components and system design considerations. 

Japanese Gardens

Mehta & Tada

208 pages, 9.0″ x 9.5″

Capturing the tranquility, elegance, and serenity Japanese gardens evoke, this tome features  exquisite photograpy of 20 such gardens. 




Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook


224 pages 8.56″ x 10″

One grows food for the kitchen in order to have what cannot be found in grocery stores.  Here’s a good place to start learning how to work with the seasons, the soil, and the special plants that make it all worthwhile.  

Let it Rot – A Composter’s Handbook.
Native Plants for the High Elevation Western Garden.
The New Small Garden
Organic Gardening for the 21st Century
The Potting Shed – Smith & Hawken
Raised Bed Gardening Made Simple
Successful Gardening
Sunset Western Garden Book
Talking Dirt – Organic Gardening

Annie Spiegelman

Tarcher Perigree

304 Pages.  5.49″ x 7.56″


“Down to earth advice” on worm cultivation, healthy soil, irrigation systems, pruning, and plant combinations. 


Tea Gardens – Places to Make and Take Tea

Ann Lovejoy & Allan Mandell (Photographer)

Chronicle Books, 1998

120 Pages, 7.3″ x 8.3″

This beautifully photographed guide illustrates both design strategies and planting plans  to create comfortable outdoor spaces that invite you to linger  – prefereably with the cup of tea you have brewed per the instructions also found in the book. 

Vegetable Gardening – Simple Steps to Success
Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States

Mary Ann Newcomer

Timber Press, 2014

280 Pages.  


Region-specific information can be crucial to success in Vegetable gardening from when to set out seedlings of each plant and how to protect them from untimely frosts to dealing with local and regional pests, weeds, and diseases.  This book “takes that task head-on.” The mountain states, btw, share low humidity bright sun, and wide temperature swings.  Even though AZ is not in the list, this should be a good reference for high altitude areas near Prescott. When I checked on 20Feb2021 you could buy the paperback version at Amazon for $120.73.  So, we’ve got quite a resource here!

What’s Wrong with My Vegetable Garden? –  Organic Solutions

Dan Deardorff & Kathryn Wadsworth

Timber Press 2011

252 Pages.  7.69″ x 9.25″

Packed with great photographs it a perfect place to start diagnosing vegetable garden problems.  It offers organic solutions to solving them and to avoiding them in the firstp place.  Reviewers say “Hooray,” and “Very, very helpful..” 



You Can Garden Anywhere 

LFC&A Publishing

378  pp 6″ x 9″

Packed with 1317 garden tips.  And probably as many exclamation points, it will help you:

  1. “Enjoy the garden of your dreams without breaking your back!”
  2. “Grow anything in any nook or cranny!”
  3. “Turn rock hard dirt into perfect topsoil”
  4. “Steal the secrets of professionals and save thousands of dollars a year.”
  5. “And more..!”
Your First Orchid 

Batchelor & Finch


Growing orchids can be tricky.  This guide helps one navigate the special problems of these plants.  The good news, is that if you can succeed with them, they can be an almost perpetual source of color and form in a home, extending horticultural success to aesthetic triumph.