Saturday, May 13, 2006

Top five recommended garden books

Top books on horticulture recommended BY LEEANN LAVIN

1. "The Well-Designed Mixed Garden" by Tracy DiSabato-Aust (Timber Press, 2003).

Tracy DiSabato-Aust, a daring master gardener, weds an intimate knowledge of horticulture to a brilliant design sense ...

2. "Pioneers of American Landscape Design" by Charles A. Birnbaum and Robin Karson (McGraw-Hill, 2000).

In its profiles of more than 160 of the country's most influential garden artists, this remarkable book combines horticulture, history, commerce, aesthetics and engineering. ...

3. "The Passion for Gardening" by Ken Druse (Clarkson Potter, 2003).

[/BK-5ID]Anyone who has ever drooled over spring gardening catalogs is likely to appreciate Ken Druse's heartfelt response to the 10 superb gardens he writes about in "The Passion for Gardening." ...

4. "Wildflowers in the Field and Forest" by Steven Clemants and Carol Gracie (Oxford, 2006).

In addition to being the most comprehensive field guide for the northeastern U.S. and Canada, this is an eminently practical book of advice on the cultivation of native plants, ...

5. "The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan (Random House, 2001)

Michael Pollan posits a revolutionary way of looking at man's relationship to the world of nature and plants.  ...

Ms. Lavin, a garden writer and landscape designer, is the director of public affairs for Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York.

Article link: OpinionJournal - Five Best

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