Several years ago, I wrote a book called Passport to Gardening. Each chapter included a brief overview of a particular gardening topic (from annual flowers to water gardening) and recommendations for best books on the topic. In order to make these recommendations, I reviewed more than 400 gardening books. Most of them were sent to me free of charge because I was writing reviews. Can you imagine what fun it was to have 400 gardening books arrive at my front door?

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden by Tracy DiSabato-Aust

Once I’d completed the research and the book had been published, I brought most of the review copies into the office and established a terrific reference library for our customer service team. But I must admit that a few of the books remained on my own bookshelf.

When I have a gardening question, these are some of the books I find myself turning to time and again:

  • Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
  • Step By Step Organic Vegetable Gardening
  • The Organic Gardeners’ Handbook of Insect and Disease Control
  • Secrets to Great Soil
  • The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
  • Four Season Harvest
  • The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers
  • The Flower Gardener’s Bible
  • The Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion
  • The Flower Farmer
  • Bulbs: Four Seasons of Beautiful Blooms

What gardening books do YOU turn to most often when you have a question?

-Kathy LaLiberte, Director of Gardening