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Upon becoming a Master Gardener I’ve read a lot of good gardening books and a lot of bad gardening books.  Listed below are some of my favorites (which I own & continue to use as a reference), a few books on gardening & novels with garden in title.  Hope one of these books will help you during this gardening season.


  1. Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses, by: Deni Bown
  2. Peterson’s Field Guide: A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America, by: Steven Foster & James A. Duke
  3. Carrots love Tomatoes, by: Louise Riotte
  4. Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes, by: Cassie Liversidge

  5. Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way: 18th-Century Methods for Today’s Organic Gardeners, by: Wesley Greene

  6. Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History, by: William Woys Weaver

  7. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, by: Edward C. Smith

Native Plants

Terrariums & Succulents

  1. Beautiful Tabletop Gardens/ Kilby, Janice Eaton
  2. Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds/ Bryant Aiello, Amy.
  3. Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass/ Colletti, Maria
  4. The new terrarium : creating beautiful displays for plants and nature/ Martin, Tovah.
  5. Miniature gardens : design and create miniature fairy gardens, dish gardens, terrariums and more–indoors and out/ Elzer-Peters, Katie
  6. The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season/ Chapman, Baylor

  7. Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias/ Sengo, Zenaida

  8. DIY Succulents: From Placecards to Wreaths 35+ Ideas for Creative Projects with Succulents/ Daigle, Tawni

  9. Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing and Crafting with 100 Easy Care Varieties/ Baldwin Lee, Debra

  10. Succulent Container Gardeners: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants/ Baldwin Lee, Debra

  11. Fairy Garden Handbook / Walsh, Liza Gardner
  12. Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World/ Calvo, Janit

Container & Small Space Gardening:

  1. Grow all you can eat in 3 square feet, by: Chauney Dunford
  2. Container gardening : 250 design ideas & step-by-step techniques/ Kasper, Carol
  3. Tips for container gardening : 300 great ideas for growing flowers, vegetables & herbs/Morris, Jennifer
  4. Vertical vegetables and fruit/ Massingham, Rhonda
  5. Small-space vegetable gardens : growing great edibles in containers, raised beds, and small plots/ Bellamy, Andrea
  6. Small space garden ideas/ Pearson, Philippa
  7. Small space gardening/ Myers, Melinda
  8. Contain yourself : 101 fresh ideas for fantastic container gardens/
    Ouellet, Kerstin P.
  9. Potted gardens : a fresh approach to container gardening/ Cole, Rebecca.
  10. Container plants for beginners/ Mayer, Joachim
  11. McGee & Stuckey’s the bountiful container : a container garden of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and edible flowers/ McGee, Rose Marie Nichols
  12. Small-space container gardens : transform your balcony, porch, or patio with fruits, flowers, foliage & herbs/ Richardson, Fern

Vegetable Garden:

  1. Perennial Vegetables: from Artichoke to Zuiki Taro, a gardener’s guide to over 100 delicious, easy-to-grow edibles/ Toensmeier, Eric
  2. What’s wrong with my vegetable garden? : 100% organic solutions for all your vegetables, from artichokes to zucchini/ Deardorff, David C.
  3. The Edible Front Yard: the mow-less, grow-more plan for a beautiful, bountiful garden/ Soler, Ivette
  4. The mini farming guide to vegetable gardening : self-sufficiency from asparagus to zucchini/ Markham, Brett L
  5. The mix & match guide to companion planting : an easy, organic way to deter pests, prevent disease, improve flavor, and increase yields in your vegetable garden/ Jeffery, Jose
  6. Vertical Vegetables and Fruit/ Massaingham, Rhonda
  7. Year-round indoor salad gardening : how to grow nutrient-dense, soil-sprouted greens in less than 10 days/ Burke, Peter

Herb Garden:

  1. Culinary herbs & spices of the world/ Van Wyk, Ben-Erik
  2. Growing herbs/ Bown, Deni
  3. Herbs : the complete gardener’s guide/ Lima, Patrick.
  4. Herb gardening : how to prepare the soil, choose your plants, and care for, harvest, and use your herbs/Snyder, Melissa Melton
  5. New encyclopedia of herbs & their uses/ Bown, Deni.
  6. The Big Book of Herbs: a comprehensive Illustration / Tucker, Arthur O.
  7. The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs: growing, health & beauty, cooking, crafts/ Reader’s Digest Association
  8. The cook’s herb garden/ Cox, Jeff
  9. The culinary herbal : growing & preserving 97 flavorful herbs/ Belsinger, Susan
  10. The green guide to herb gardening : featuring the 10 most popular herbs/
    Harding, Deborah C
  11. The herb gardener : a guide for all seasons/ McClure, Susan
  12. The Plant Lover’s Guide to Salvias/ Whittlesey, John
  13. The successful herb gardener : growing and using herbs-quickly and easily/ Roth, Sally
  14. Your backyard herb garden : a gardener’s guide to growing over 50 herbs plus how to use them in cooking, crafts, companion planting, and more/ Smith, Miranda

Flower Garden:

  1. 100 plants to feed the bees : provide a healthy habitat to help pollinators thrive
  2. 50 High-Impact, Lowcare Garden Plants/ DiSabato-Aust, Tracy
  3. Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants: annuals, bulbs, herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, vegetables, fruits & nuts/ Fell, Derek
  4. The bee-friendly garden : design an abundant, flower-filled yard that nurtures bees and supports biodiversity/ Frey, Kate
  5. Flower gardening 1-2-3 : design, plan, select, plant, care, step-by-step/
    Fowler, Veronica Lorson
  6. Gardening for butterflies : how you can attract and protect beautiful, beneficial insects / Black, Scott Hoffman
  7. Giant Perennials/ Berry Susan
  8. Plant Partners/ Pavord, Anna
  9. Pleasures of the cottage garden/ Lee, Rand B. Lee
  10. The cutting garden : plants for gorgeous bouquets all year long/ Proctor, Rob.
  11. The Flower Farmer’s Year: How to Grow Cut Flowers/ Newbery, Georgie

Shade Gardens

  1. Chesapeake gardening & landscaping : the essential green guide/ Ellis, Barbara W.
  2. Designing and planting a woodland garden : plants and combinations that thrive in the shade/ Wiley, Keith. Wiley
  3. Made for the Shade/ Glattstein, Judy
  4. The Natural shade Garden/ Druse, Kenneth
  5. Planting the dry Shade Garden/ Rice, Graham
  6. The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change/ Druse, Ken
  7. The Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening/ Ziffer, Amy Beth Chatto’s Woodland Garden: Shade-Loving Plants for Year-Round Interest/ Chatto, Beth


  1. A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary garden at Monticello/ Hatch, Peter J. 
  2. Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington D.C/ Glickman, Barbara
  3. Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden/ Walliser, Jessica
  4. Creating a Garden for the Senses/ Cox, Jeff
  5. Handmade for the garden: 75 ingenious ways to enhance your outdoor space with DIY tools, pots, supports, embellishments & more/ Guagliumi, Susan
  6. Handmade Garden Projects: step-by-step instructions for creative garden features, containers, lighting & more / Fokner, Lorene 
  7. Inspirational Gardens through the Seasons/ Gammack, Helene
  8. Plant by numbers : a step-by-step garden planning guide/ Colburn, Nigel.
  9. Gardening step by step/ Hendy, Jenny
  10. Mrs. Lee’s rose garden : the true story of the founding of Arlington / DeVito, Carlo.
  11. Seedswap: the gardener’s guide to saving & swapping seeds/ Jeffery, Josie
  12. Start a Community Food Garden/ Joy, LaManda
  13. The big book of garden solutions : problem-solving tips and techniques for gardeners
  14. The welcoming garden : designing your own front garden/ Hayward, Gordon
  15. Designing and planting a woodland garden : plants and combinations that thrive in the shade / Wiley, Keith
  16. Gardening with climbers/ Grey-Wilson, Christopher Matthews, Victoria. Grey-Wilson
  17.  The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual / Marshall, Roger


  1. A fall of marigolds : a novel / Meissner, Susan
  2. Flowers for Miss Pengelly/ Aitken, Rosemary
  3. Garden spells/ Allen, Sarah Addison
  4. Old herbaceous : a novel of the garden/ Arkell, Reginald
  5. Root, petal, thorn / Olsen, Ella Joy
  6. Secret of the white rose / Pintoff, Stefanie
  7. The art of arranging flowers/ Branard, Lynne
  8. The perfume garden/ Brown, Kate Lord.
  9. The language of flowers : a novel/ Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
  10. The butterfly garden/ Hutchison, Dot
  11. The rose of Sebastopol / McMahon, Katharine.
  12. The sea garden/ Lawrenson, Deborah
  13. The girls in the garden : a novel/ Jewell, Lisa
  14. The forgotten garden : a novel/ Morton, Kate
  15. The mermaid garden/ Montefiore, Santa
  16. The garden of letters/ Richman, Alyson
  17. The garden of evening mists : a novel/ Tan, Twan Eng
  18. The sea garden : a novel/ Willett, Marcia.
  19. The rose garden/ Kearsley, Susanna,
  20. The lavender garden : a novel / Riley, Lucinda
  21. The wild rose / Donnelly, Jennifer

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