Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs – Book Review

4/5 by Michael A. Dirr Published by TimberPress ISBN:  978-0881924046 This encyclopedia describes the best woody plants, from Abeliophyllum to Zenobia, adapted to cooler climates, showing both habit and details– flower, fruit, bark, or fall colour–of more than 500 species, and including some 700 additional cultivars and varieties.  With more…

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The Ontario Gardener – Book Review

4/5 by Trevor Cole WhiteCap Books As I read this book I thought that Trevor had read my mind. Yes, even down to his personal opinions on some of the plants in  this book. It is still the book I recommend to beginning gardeners. It may not still be available…

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Rock Garden Design & Construction – Book Review

5/5 by the North American Rock Garden Society Finally an excellent rock garden book by those who know first hand from across the continent. Covers soils, pathways and hardscaping, plant material, Tufa gardens Scree gardens, Crevice gardens and so much more. From Timber Press © 2003 by the North American…

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Teaming With Microbes – Book Review

6/5 by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis A book every gardener MUST read.  A healthy plant starts with a healthy soil.  No matter what you grow this book will make you a better grower. – The extra star is NOT a mistake There is a Revised Edition of Teaming With…

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An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials – Book Review

4/5 by W. George Schmid 494 pp, 500 colour photos, hardcover ISBN:  0-88192-549-7 Gardening in the shade can be an inevitable challenge for many gardeners.  Gardeners everywhere, who are looking to expand their garden palette from the standard shade-tolerant hostas and ferns, can turn to An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials…

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Consider the Leaf – Book Review

4/5 by Judy Glattstein 307 pp, 114 colour photos, hardcover ISBN:  0-88192-571-3 Few gardeners today have time for a high maintenance garden, so popular writer Judy Glattstein urges us to consider plants that pay their own way with fantastic foliage.  A garden designed with the important elements of leaf form,…

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Palms Won’t Grow Here & Other Myths – Book Review

5/5 by David  A. Francko 308 pp, 78 colour photos, hardcover ISBN:  0-88192-575-6 Francko provides real-world information to help adventurous gardeners grow plants they never dreamed possible.  He touches upon subjects such as finding your garden’s micro-climates, choosing a proper site, and selecting hardy species of plants.  He also offers…

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