Most Michigan gardeners love gardening books. Even though we are inclined to be hands on people there are plenty of cold, snowy Michigan winter days where we can find solace in a great garden book. Hundreds of garden books are published each year and many older books get revised and reprinted each year as well. It’s sometimes hard to choose a book from the vast inventory out there, especially if you are picking the book for a gardening friend. But here are a few new gardening books your friends probably won’t have yet that would make excellent Christmas gifts. Maybe they’ll let you read them when they are done.
Indoor Gardening Success: Discover The Green Thumb Secrets Of The Plant Whisperers And Learn How To Grow A Lush Indoor Garden Filled With Gorgeous House Plants That Will Be The Envy Of Your Friends! by Rosemary Pine “The Plant Whisperer”.
The title is long but the book is an enjoyable read for cold winter days. It was just published in November and will inspire you to get gardening inside your home even while the winter winds blow outside. This is not the kind of houseplant book that discusses the care of each individual houseplant; rather it discusses the needs of plants indoors and how to meet those needs so the plants stay lush and healthy.
This book helps you appreciate indoor plants to their fullest and explains why people need plants around them to feel good. If you know someone who always kills their houseplants this book is for them but even those who have beautiful indoor plants will enjoy the book and learn something from it.
Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater.
If you know someone who loves to grow their own food and loves to cook what they grow this book makes a great gift. Yes the writer is British and the book is English gardening at its finest but even Michigangardeners will appreciate Slater’s reverence for growing things and great food.
Slater weaves passionate story telling about gardening and cooking into instructions for doing it. The beautiful color photos make you long for a kitchen garden of your own. The book was published this past spring and has already become a favorite of gardeners and cooks alike.
Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding by Noël Kingsbury.
This book was recently published and is perfect for the gardener who wants to know the history of breeding plants from the earliest times to modern genetic research. Don’t let the dry title put you off, the book is engaging reading and there isn’t any hard scientific stuff to wade through, its more history and storytelling about plant breeding through the ages.
Be aware that Kingsbury does not think that modern genetic manipulation of plants is bad and he reminds us that changing our food has always been controversial and political. Keep an open mind when reading this book and let Kingsbury’s thoughtful perspective of mans long history with improving plants that both feed him and surround him with beauty bring you new insights.
Better Homes & Gardens Gardening Made Simple: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Gardening by Better Homes & Gardens
This recently published book is a great beginning gardeners book to gardening of all types from food gardening to landscaping. It has lots of color photos and step by step guides to many garden projects.
The book covers basic garden information like plant zones, composting, mulching, choosing tools and more but it also gives growing instructions for more than 145 common garden plants. It would make a great gift for someone who may be starting their first garden or landscaping project in the spring.
A great way to present a garden book as a gift would be to put it in basket with some garden items such as hand tools, gloves, seeds and other gardening necessities. All of the books listed above can be purchased at Amazon.com and most major bookstores.