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Henry Mitchell on Gardening
   This posthumous offering from one of America's great garden writers is a gem of a book--not a polished one, for polish was
never Mitchell's goal, but brilliant nonetheless. His writing is earthy, rich, and sometimes dark, like good compost. His topics
are occasionally raw (as in onions and manure)...Read more

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Edith Wharton's Italian Gardens
by Vivian Russell
   Though most know her as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of novels such as The Age of Innocence and The House of
Mirth, Edith Wharton was also something of a doyenne of domestic taste, and fortunately neither a nearsighted nor a
parochial one. She published the first serious treatment of Italian... Read more

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Mrs. Greenthumbs Plows Ahead : Five Steps to the Drop-Dead
Gorgeous Garden of Your Dreams
by Cassandra Danz, Cassandra Dang
   Cassandra Danz takes her gardening seriously--she just doesn't discuss it that way. Her practical advice in Mrs. Greenthumbs Plows Ahead is liberally sprinkled with humor (when training a rose to climb, "Don't take guff from a plant."). Danz structures the garden from the big-picture... Read more

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   The Inviting Garden : Gardening for the Senses, Mind, and Spirit
by Allen Lacy, Cynthia Woodyard (Photographer)
 See picture  In the grand scheme of things, a garden is a rather quotidian pleasure. Yet Allen Lacy finds a unique sensual delight in the very
ordinariness of it: "It is sweet and pleasant to dig in the warm, slightly moist soil, to feel its grit and grain beneath the
fingernails.... The rhythmic chore of... Read more

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 The Lavender Garden : Beautiful Varieties to Grow and Gather
by Robert Kourik, Deborah Jones (Photographer)
 See picture  If you consider yourself a lavender lover--that is to say, if you are mesmerized by the plant's delicious aroma, enchanted by its long, rich history, and passionate about its medicinal uses, The Lavender Garden is for you. This lovely book offers instructions on growing, maintaining, harvesting, and... Read more

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 The Garden Design Book
by Cheryl Merser, Garden Design Magazine
  Cheryl Merser and the editors of Garden Design magazine have produced a zaftig beauty of a garden book. The emphasis here is on "new gardening," with a nod to the traditional elements of garden design. New gardening combines a sophisticated
treatment of the five senses and a natural style... Read more

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 American Horticultural Society A To Z Encyclopedia Of Garden Plants
by Christopher Brickell(Editor), et al
  Collecting contributions from 100 distinguished horticulturists, the handsome and lavishly illustrated American Horticultural
Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a truly definitive gardening reference. With its 1,092 tiny-print pages, this
may not be the book to tuck into your pocket as you... Read more

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 Burpee : The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener : A Guide to
Growing Your Garden Organically
 See picture Burpee has created a truly encyclopedic, but non-intimidating, guide to organic vegetable gardening that can be used and
appreciated by anyone, whether or not they've ever stuck a seed in the ground. All the essential information is here--how to
condition the soil, how and where to plant, sprouting... Read more

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 Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting,
Seed Saving, and Cultural History
by William Woys Weaver, Peter J. Hatch
 See picture William Woys Weaver has written an important book in Heirloom Vegetable Gardening--important for the kitchen
gardener, the cook, the historian, and any American who might wonder what our forebears were up to when they sat down to eat. What was the food on their table? Where did it come from? How did... Read more

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