Winter is a time many publishers issue their new gardening titles—perfect for winter reading for northern gardeners. These two new books for vegetable gardeners are packed with great information, particularly for gardeners who like to get the most from their vegetable space. The authors are both horticulturists and contributors to SavvyGardening.com. While neither of them…

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With a blizzard raging outside and frigid temperatures predicted for the holidays, it seems the perfect time to dream about next year’s garden and growing bouquets. Erin Benzakein’s book, A Year in Flowers (Chronicle Books, 2020), may help you make that dream a reality come spring. Benzakein is the owner of Floret Flower Farm in…

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Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is known as the Houseplant Guru on the internet, where she hosts a blog of the same name and frequently writes for home and garden magazines and websites. Her latest book, Houseplant Party, is geared to less experienced houseplant lovers and those with a crafty bent. It would be a great gift…

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I am a big fan of garden memoirs (as evidenced here, here and here) because they dig deep into why each of us gardens. Paige Dickey’s new book, Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again (Timber Press, 2020), is a beautiful example of the genre—beautifully imagined, beautifully written, beautifully photographed. It’s one of the best…

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As a gardener who likes to use as many native plants as fit (both physically and aesthetically) in my urban yard, Alan Branhagen’s new book will be an often consulted guide. Branhagen, who is director of operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and former director of horticulture at Powell Gardens in Kansas City, has two…

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In The Earth in Her Hands (Timber Press, 2020), Jennifer Jewell introduces readers to 75 women in horticulture and gardening. Some are names you’ll recognize from plant tags or seed packets, such as Renee Shepherd of Renee’s Garden Seeds or Annie Hayes of Annie’s Annuals and Perennials. Some are famous for other endeavors, such as…

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One of the mantras often repeated by garden designers is “think foliage first, then flowers.” Foliage lasts throughout the growing season and sometimes hangs on into winter, while flowers on trees, shrubs and perennials tend to be fleeting. In this book by Washington-state based garden designers Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, foliage is both the…

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Growing roses in New Brunswick, Canada, nursery owner Bob Osborne knows a thing or two about cold-climate gardening. He’s recently released the third edition of his book, Hardy Roses: The Essential Guide for High Latitudes and Altitudes (Firefly Books, 2020). This is a great book for those new to rose growing or someone who has grown…

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In honor of Earth Day 2020, we’re posting this book review from our May/June 2020 issue of Northern Gardener. We share author Douglas Tallamy’s belief that home gardens are “nature’s best hope,” and that gardeners will play a significant role in conserving the Earth, one garden at a time. In Nature’s Best Hope (Timber Press,…

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Search for “pollinator” in the books section of Amazon.com, and about 750 titles pop up,  most of them written in the past decade as pollinator decline and concern about it has risen. Kim Eierman, founder of EcoBeneficial, explains the need to plant for pollinators in the context of victory gardens in her new book The…

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