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BY BRUCE ZIMMERMAN

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These Fiskars' Hedge Shears are very well balanced and light weight. They are my favourite hedge shear. The PowerGear® technology doubles your cutting power. The sharp precision hardened steel blades have a non-stick coating. Lightweight, durable Nyglass® handles.
9" blades and a overall length: 22"

The Pruning Book by Lee  Reich is very good. Want to know how to prune Bamboo, Hardy Kiwi, Palm Trees, Evergreens then this is the book for you. Clear Instructions and good line drawings.  Colour pictures are numerous and helpful. Lee Reich has done a good job. 
From Taunton Press 1-800-888-8286
US $19.95
Canada $27.95

Pruning Book Lee Reich

Variegated Trees& Shrubs by Ronald Houtman. I almost drooled over this book. I thought I liked variegated plants until Ronald Houtman's book. Now it challenges me do more. The Appendices make selecting the right plant much easier. Only more plant combination selections could improve this book. Timber Press 1-800-327-5680  US $49.95 Britain £ 35.00

Variegated Trees Shrubs

The Collector's Garden by Ken Druse The photography is spectacular and inspiring. The source lists are a necessary help to find the plants in the book. Over 400 colour photographs.

Available September 2004

Timber Press 1-800-327-5680
US $29.95  Canada $39.95

Collector's Garden Ronald Houtman
Uncommon Fruits for every garden by Lee Reich has done it again. I like this book so much I added it to library. If you want to grow unusual fruit in your garden this is the book for you.

Timber Press 
1-800-327-5680
US$ 24.95
Britain £ 17.99

Uncommon Fruit Lee Reich
Indoor Plant Gardening by Laura Peters. A good basic book on Indoor Plants. Why it is for Canada? It is good for most of the rest of the world too! Good photographs and information.

Lone Pine Publishing
© 2004
Canada $21.95

Indoor Plant Gardening
Peonies by Allan Rogers. From the dedication and the jam packed information in this book it is obviously the  work of a lifetime. Superior content.
Chapter Four Recommended Cultivars is worth the price of the book.
Timber Press 
1-800-327-5680
US$ 24.95
Britain £ 17.99
Peonies
Restoring American Gardens by Denise Wiles Adams. Anyone with a historic home built between 1640 and 1940 needs this book. It is an excellent book covering the bulbs, trees, shrubs, roses, flowers of the different time periods and does it by regions. Horticultural information on the plants is good.
Timber Press 
1-800-327-5680
US$ 39.95
Britain £ 29.99
Restoring American Gardens
A Zest for Herbs by Caroline Holmes An excellent good resource on herbs. Good examples of herbs in the landscape. Could be improved by the addition of recipes. Arranged in thematic chapters, the book discusses the many ways you can use herbs. It shows how herbs can give an instant effect, and provide colour and texture  when mixed with shrubs and perennials. It shows how to transform paving, walls, and flowerbeds with herbs. 130 colour photos, and garden plans  £20.00
A Zest For Herbs
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