Books for Gardeners


Winter is the perfect time for reading gardening books which makes them the perfect holiday gift for your horticultural friends. Here are a few that I have especially enjoyed this year and recommend:

The Unexpected Houseplant by Tovah Martin (9781604692433 $22.95)

Tovah Martin is one of my favorite garden writers (and a Connecticut resident). Here she suggests many unusual houseplants to brighten up your home. Lots of photos and growing tips. Inspiring.

The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden edited by Thomas Cooper (978160469276 $14.95)

This delicious collection of essays by our favorite garden writers is perfect for the long winter wait for spring and the return of the growing season. A reading treasure.

One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place by Susan Halton and Jane Roy Brown (9781617031199 $35.00)

I love this book. It connects Welty’s prose to the garden she and her mother made, gives the history of the garden and its restoration, and is nicely illustrated. We still have a few autographed copies from Brown’s visit. This is a book to read more than once.

A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello by Peter J. Hatch (97803001711143 $35.00)

If you believe in the notion of a beautiful vegetable garden or are interested in American horticultural history, this is the perfect book. Almost as good as a trip to Monticello.

Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws (9781554077984 $29.95)

The power of sunflowers, the medicinal value of foxgloves, the addictive properties of coca – all these stories and more, carefully researched, well told, and illustrated. You do not have to be a gardener to find this book entertaining.

Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored by Lorraine Harrison (9780226009193 Co-op price $21.25)

The names of plants, how they came to be, what they mean and how to pronounce them make this an indispensible reference for the serious gardener. It is a pretty book too, well designed with lots of botanical paintings.

Happy Holidays,



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