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Books for the holidays

Gardeners always like to receive books as holiday gifts. Here are a few suggestions.


Great Gardens Of America by Tim Richardson (Frances Lincoln)
A reduced format, paperback edition of a sumptuous book first published in 2009. With wonderful photography by Andrea Jones, it features a more extensive, and more insightful, text than many well illustrated garden books. And at a more affordable price than the original.


The English Country House Garden by George Plumptre (Frances Lincoln)
From classics such as Great Dixter and Hidcote Manor, under appreciated gardens including Thorp Perrow and Helmingham Hall to modern creations by Dan Pearson and others – it makes you wonder why the gardens at Downton Abbey aren't more impressive.


The Gardeners Garden by Madison Cox, Toby Musgrave and more (Phaidon)
A very large, fat and extensive guide to the best gardens around the world which will be a travel guide to a few and an inspiration to many. Reveals vistas and details of more than 250 gardens ancient and modern with enlightening commentaries and over 1200 photographs.



Where Do Camels Belong? The Story and Science Of Invasive Species by Ken Thompson (Profile Books, UK, and Greystone Books, USA)
An essential truth telling using the science of invasive species to cut through the myth making and over exaggeration to explain the situation as it really is. Reviewed earlier this year.



Plant Lover’s Guide to Snowdrops by Naomi Slade (Timber Press)
Inspiring, lively, well-written and well illustrated book which is a cut above the other recent non-scientific snowdrop books. Just in time for snowdrop season.

Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs by James Armitage, Dawn Edwards and Neil Lancaster (Royal Horticultural Society)
A very welcome and comprehensive revision of the classic tree and shrub reference guide written in accessible language and covering well over 13,000 trees and shrubs. Reviewed earlier this year.


Fine Foliage: Elegant Plant Combinations for Garden and Container by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz (St. Lynn’s Press)
An across-the-zones guide focusing on planting combinations, bringing out the best in foliage plants by partnering them together creatively. Good advice, well illustrated, good value. Winner of the Gold Award for Best Overall Book at the 2014 Garden Media Awards.

Month by Month Gardening Series (Cool Springs Press)
We all know that gardening in Maine is very different from gardening in California and these state-by-state guides provide invaluable local advice for local situations. Thirty six titles so far.

Choose one of the State by Sate, Month by Month Gardening Series published by Cool Springs Press

On the other hand, how about a copy of my latest book or my wife's latest book?!

Powerhouse Plants: 510 Top Performers For Multi-Season Beauty by Graham Rice (Timber Press)

Trees, shrubs, perennials, climbers and more to bring multi-season color to your garden. Just one plant can bring four bursts of seasonal colour. "Offers a mind-boggling number of suggestions. ... It's about making the most of the space in your garden. And that's always a good idea." Philadelphia Inquirer


Bloom-Again Orchids: 50 Easy-care Orchids that Flower Again and Again and Again by judywhite
The easiest Orchids to Grow! 50 great choices, plus how to make them rebloom. Includes judywhite's 10 best tips for growing orchids. "…gorgeous photos accompanied by concise tips and descriptions. The book is easy to navigate and the stunning photos lure you in." - Miami Herald


Happy Holiday reading!