- The $64 Tomato
- A-Z of Annuals, Biannual and Bulbs
- Arizona Weeds – an Illusrated Guide
- Art of the Kitchen Garden
- Best Plant Book Ever
- Botany of Desire
- Building Outdoor Structures
- Carrots Love Tomatoes
- Container Gardening
- Desert Wildflowers
- Everyday Garden Solutions – Reader’s Digest
- Flowering Plants
- Garden Decorating Book
- Garden Madness
- Gardening for Life – The Biodynamic Way
- Harvesting Rainwater for Landscaping
- Japanese Gardens
- Kitchen Gardeners Handbook – Design Plans
- Let it Rot – Composting
- Native Plants for High Elevation Western Garden
- New Small Garden
- Organic Gardening for the 21st Century
- Potting Sheds – Romance of Gardeners Made Simple
- Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Made Simple
- Sunset Western Garden Book
- Supermarket Super Gardens
- Talking Dirt – Organic Gardening
- Tea Gardens – Places to Make and Take Tea
- Vegetable Gardening – Simple Steps to Success
- Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States (Idaho, Mountain, Utah)
- What’s Wrong with My Vegetable Garden – 100% Organic Solutions
- You Can Garden Anywhere – Tips the Experts Don’t Want You to Know
- Right Plant, Right Place
- Great Plants for Small Gardens
- Garden Designs
- Creating Privacy in the Garden
- Wings in the Light: Wild Butterflies in North America
- Growing Your Own Vegetables
- Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs
- Native Plants for High Elevation Western Gardens
- Yates Garden Guide
- Successful Gardening
- The New Sunset Western Garden Booklly
- Orchids: A Practical Handbook
- Orchids: Collecting and Cultivating Beautiful Orchids
- Extraordinary Birds
- The Art of Gardening
If you want to check out a book, please email Barbie Zingg with the title. You can pick it up at the next meeting. Many of these books are available at Amazon.com.
More Details on the Books
The $64 Tomato
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
Readers Digest, Pub. 1994. 176 pp.
Art of the Kitchen Garden
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
Great stories with pictures and information on growing and taking care of your indoor plants.
The Botany of Desire
Everyone’s favorite food anthropologist teaches us why we like peaches. Examples of how humans act on nature to get what we want.
Building Outdoor Structures
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
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.
Complete and detailed information on both indoor and outdoor container gardening.
From Arizona Highways, over 60 species of Arizona’s unusual desert wildflowers are shown in this full-color, information-filled book. You’ll discover how to grow them in your own garden.
Everyday Garden Solutions
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 Amazon.com.
Feng Shui for Gardens
Lillian Too discusses gardening from an Eastern point-of-view.
Flowering Plants: A Pictorial Guide to the World’s Flora
A comprehensive reference of botanical information and beautiful artworks. Plant families of more than 700 are divided into the two plant groups: dicotyledons or dicots.
Garden Decorating Book
A humorous look at gardening.
Gardening for Life – The Biodynamic Way
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.
Harvesting Rainwater for Landscaping
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.
Capturing the tranquility, elegance, and serenity Japanese gardens evoke, this tome features exquisite photograpy of 20 such gardens.
Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook
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.
Let it Rot! may have started the composting movement. Gardeners interested in recycling waste into soil-nourishing compost will advice on starting and maintaining a composting system, building bins, and using compost.
Native Plants for the High Elevation Western Garden.
Native plants for low-maintenance at high-altitude regions of the American West (5,000 feet and above).
The New Small Garden
This is a practical guide for gardeners designing small spaces.
Organic Gardening for the 21st Century
A guide to organic gardening to help you grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers all year round. Gives you information on how to find, choose, and grow plants that thrive without synthetic chemicals.
The Potting Shed – Smith & Hawken
Practical and beautiful, the photos inspire with chapters on the history of the potting shed. The book includes descriptions of gardener’s tools and how to store and care for them.
Raised Bed Gardening Made Simple
A handbook on raised bed gardening. The book includes descriptions about sowing seeds, thinning, transplanting, cultivating, mulching, watering, harvesting, pest control, composting, crop rotation, and seed saving. It’s a guide beginners and experienced gardeners.
Sunset Western Garden Book
Talking Dirt – Organic Gardening
“Down to earth advice” on worm cultivation, healthy soil, irrigation systems, pruning, and plant combinations.
Tea Gardens – Places to Make and Take Tea
This beautifully photographed guide illustrates design strategies and planting plans for creating comfortable outdoor spaces.
An illustrated guide to the tulip identifying the different varieties and providing a history and tips on choosing bulbs and care
Vegetable Gardening – Simple Steps to Success
Vegetable gardening for small garden owners with full-color photography, charts, checklists and step-by-step techniques.
Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States
Vegetable gardening from when to set out seedlings of each plant and how to protect them from untimely frosts. How to deal with local and regional pests, weeds, and diseases are covered. Mountain states with their low humidity, strong sun, and wide temperature swings can make gardening difficult. Even though AZ is not in the list, this should be a good reference for high altitude areas near Prescott.
What’s Wrong with My Vegetable Garden? – Organic Solutions
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
Packed with 1317 garden tips. And probably as many exclamation points, it will help you:
- “Enjoy the garden of your dreams without breaking your back!”
- “Grow anything in any nook or cranny!”
- “Turn rock hard dirt into perfect topsoil”
- “Steal the secrets of professionals and save thousands of dollars a year.”
- “And more..!”
Your First Orchid
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.
Right Plant, Right Place
A reference book to the plants that will look best and grow best in your garden. Thousands of garden plants are organized according to growing conditions and appearance will help your design your garden.
Great Plants for Small Gardens
“This is a topic to revisit over and over whether you are a city gardener…or a country gardener trying to make a big space manageable. All gardening styles are considered, and there is a ‘Great Plant Guide’ at the end that includes plants that are ideal for small gardens…”
–Garden Showcase Magazine
A guide to designing gardens from a well know designer. Transforming sites from California to Maine and other countries, Hobhouse presents more than twenty garden designs.
Creating Privacy in the Garden
Chuck and Barbara Crandall discuss trees, shrubs, and other natural landscaping strategies to achieve privacy.
Wings in the Light: Wild Butterflies in North America
Hundreds of photographs providing a comprehensive guide to the butterflies.
Growing Your Own Vegetables
From the United States Department of Agriculture.
Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs
This book offers information on the history and uses of more than a hundred herbs. Tips on growing herbs is included.
Native Plants for High Elevation Western Gardens
Native plants for low-maintenance at high-altitude regions of the American West (5,000 feet and above).
Yates Garden Guide
From New Zealand, this book offers chapters on flowers, bulbs, roses, perennials, vines, trees and shrubs. It covers cacti, bromeliads, succulents and ornamental grasses. A chapter on gardening special conditions like in dry regions and heavy clay soils.
Sunsets gardening guide for the Western United State
The New Sunset Western Garden Book
The New Sunset Western Garden Book includes thousands of color photographs, illustrations, and an easy-to-follow information. This is an important reference for beginning and expert gardeners.
A book by two of the world’s leading orchid authorities gives information on how to identify, choose, grow and display orchids.
An encyclopedia of orchids with advice on choosing orchids for your collection. Over 300 photos.