Friday, December 9, 2011

Garden Books old and new: Gift of Reading

News flash! Canadian garden guru Mark Cullen wrote a book review for "No Guff Vegetable Gardening" in the Toronto Star today! Yahoo. (When the written word moves you: A guide to new books and magazines on gardening. You can view this story at: living/gardening and landscaping/article/1098700--cullen-when-the-written-word-moves-you)

New books are nothing like old. Even the difference between my first black-and-white book published in 1995 and my newest full colour book published this year is like night and day. It is hard to remember books used to come without a cover and were personalized by the owner.

I took the above photo of an old private leather-bound library in Wales. I learned in Wales that the purchaser of a book used to bind it in the "style" of his own library. This is why libraries from the 17th and 18th centuries look so uniform on shelves. The owner planned it that way.

My personal highlight this year was the publication of my "No Guff" book. Several thousand have already been sold but we haven't made it to Canadian best seller status yet (which means 5,000 books sold) so of course I am hoping all of my gardening friends and garden readers will get out there and buy a copy for personal use or to give to friends for their libraries this Christmas. Check my Garden Coaches Chat web page for reviews and a sneak peak or stroll down to your favourite garden centre or book store to stock up.

Other favourite gardening/naturalist books I loved this year include:
Gardening, Naturally by Sara Williams and Hugh Skinner for its practical approach to cold climate gardening;
Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley for its technical information about honeybees. More info than most of us want to know but really comprehensive;
Growing Roses in Calgary by the Calgary Rose Society for its tips on growing roses in a very cold climate. Suitable for Edmonton and other cold regions as well as Calgary;
The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler and Continuous Container Gardens by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robins because of the beautiful and inspiring photos even though many of the plants and ideas shown won't work in my cold climate.


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