May 12, 2010


Recent Gifts from the Takoma Horticultural Club

Big Gardens in Small Spaces: Out-of-the-Box Advice for Boxed-in Gardeners, by Martyn Cox (2009). '…See how careful thought and creativity can bring the intimate enclosure of a small garden alive…Boxed in gardeners needn't feel boxed-in any more! '

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, by Novella Carpenter. A New York Times Notable Book in 2009, this is a 'unique and hilarious memoir about one woman living on a farm in downtown Oakland…'

Foliage, by Nancy J. Ondra (2007) - This lavishly illustrated volume won the American Horticultural Society Book Award in 2008. It organizes leafy plants by color and texture, and provides a wealth of well-organized information.

Mid-Atlantic Home Landscaping, ( 2006 - revised edition) by Roger Holmes and Rita Buchanan. Includes a 'portfolio of designs' for gardens with different themes in a variety of spaces. Also shows how to make paths and walkways, fences, arbors, trellises, ponds and retaining walls, along with problem solving tips and detailed plant profiles.

Native Trees for North American Landscapes: From the Atlantic to the Rockies, by Guy Stemberg (2004). This detailed compendium received the National Arbor Day Foundation Award. Includes tree profiles of more than 650 species and varieties, and more than 500 cultivars - each describing flowers and fruits, native and adaptive range, culture, problems and best seasonal features.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas, by Dina Grenfel and Michael Shadrack (2009 - revised edition). This new edition of an award-winning work describes more than 700 varieties with 800 photographs, arranged according to leaf color and type of variegation.

Perennial Vegetables, by Eric Toensmeier (2007) - This winner of the 2008 American Horticultural Society Book Award is a gardener's guide to over 100 easy-to-grow edibles. Gives species profiles with history and ecology, and information on tolerances and preferences, pests, propagation and planting, harvest and storage, and uses.

Understanding Perennials: a New Look at an Old Favorite, by William Cullina. Another 2009 New York Times Notable Book, the author focuses on the “psychology of perennials…their needs, wants and potentials.'

What's Wrong With My Plant (And How Do I Fix It?): a Visual guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies, by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth (2009). Reviewed in the Washington Post. Flow charts allow for easy diagnosis; it is well organized and clearly illustrated.

The Wild Garden, by William Robinson and Rick Darke (2009 - expanded edition). Called 'a model for truly sustainable landscapes,' this volume contains the complete original text and beautiful detailed illustrations from the fifth edition of 1895, enhanced by 125 color photographs.


Please visit the Takoma Horticultural Club web site. Their plant exchange will be held next Sunday afternoon at Heffner Park. This is for members only, membership costs $12. Bring a check.

Posted by library at May 12, 2010 12:53 PM
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