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The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life
Margaret Roach

BIOGRAPHY ROACH

A self-taught gardener reflects upon the life-affirming effects that gardening has had on her life, offers meditations on the spirituality of the natural world and encourages everyone to get outside and start digging.


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Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch
Nigel Slater

COOKING SLA

A comprehensive, deeply personal, and visually stunning guide to growing and cooking vegetables from Britain’s foremost food writer, with more than 400 recipes and extensive gardening notes.


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Back to Basics: Traditional Garden Wisdom: Time-Tested Tips and Techniques for Creating a Natural, Sustainable Outdoor Space
Charlie Ryrie, Angie Halpern

GARDEN BAC

A collection of age-old gardening advice will help home cultivators save money, grow an organic and eco-friendly garden, collect and save seeds, make homemade compost, protect plants from frost and much more.


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Embroidered Ground: Revisiting the Garden
Page Dickey

GARDEN DIC

The author of Duck Hill Journal shares memories from three decades of work in her personal garden, describing endeavors that failed and succeeded while sharing her views on the elements of a positive gardening experience.


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Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations
Ken Druse

GARDEN DRU

Explains different plant pairings and why they work best together and gives other gardening advice such as what flowers are edible.


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The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers
Teri Dunn Chace

GARDEN DUN

Identifies the 100 most common gardening mistakes and gives gardeners the techniques to prevent them. Or, if it’s too late and they’ve already goofed, there are tips to fix the mistake.


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Our Life in Gardens
Joe Eck, Wayne Winterrowd

GARDEN ECK

Covers a wide range of topics, from the garden at North Hill and the special needs of roses to the secrets of an effective vegetable garden and the dynamics of garden design throughout the years.


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Thoughtful Gardening
Robin Lane Fox

GARDEN FOX

With wit and wisdom, an Oxford historian and Financial Times gardening columnist recounts his deep passion and appreciation for gardening.


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American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are
Wade Graham

GARDEN GRA

Looks at U.S. history through the lens of the best American gardens over time—from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello up through the present day.


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Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way: 18th-Century Methods for Today's Organic Gardeners
Wesley Greene

GARDEN GRE

A guide to traditional and still relevant methods and advice for planting and tending a productive vegetable garden.


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"A Rich Spot of Earth": Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello
Peter J. Hatch

GARDEN HAT

A gorgeous volume showcasing Jefferson’s amazing vegetable garden, its uniquely American characteristics, and its legacy.


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City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing
Lorraine Johnson

GARDEN JOH

Celebrates the innovative and inspiring ways that urban dwellers are reimagining cities as places of food production.


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Tomorrow's Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening
Stephen Orr

GARDEN ORR

Presents gardens both large and small that show how responsible gardeners are reimagining the definition of a modern garden, discussing such topics as design, plant choice, water usage, recycling, and landscape materials.


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Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City
Eric Toensmeier

GARDEN TOE

Packed full of detailed, useful info about designing a productive permaculture garden, this title is also a funny & charming story of 2 single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams & meet women to share it with.


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Eco-yards: Simple Steps to Earth-Friendly Landscapes
Laureen Rama

GARDEN LANDSCAPE RAM

Provides urbanites and suburbanites with a way to design and maintain an eco-yard, detailing soil science, the best way to grow vegetables; making one’s yard water-wise; and replacing one’s lawn with trees, shrubs, flower beds and hardy, low-maintenance grass.


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The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally
Jere and Emilee Gettle, Meghan Sutherland

GARDEN VEG GET

A comprehensive guide to cultivating heirloom vegetables and provides tips and techniques for planting, growing, harvesting, and saving seeds, as well as instructions for canning and preserving.


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American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
Michelle Obama

HEALTH NUTRITION OBA

Describes how the First Lady and her daughters planted a vegetable garden on the White House’s South Lawn, and shares gardening tips, recipes, and advice for making healthier food choices.


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The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency
Anna Hess

HOME HES

Presents a collection of short weekend homesteading projects organized by month that are intended to ease busy people into the world of self-reliant living.


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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Michael Pollan

SCIENCE PLANTS POL

Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.


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Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter
David Buchanan

SOCSCI BUC

Traces the experiences of modern-day explorers who rediscover culturally rich forgotten foods and return them to our tables for all to experience and savor.


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The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
Janisse Ray

SOCSCI RAY

Shares the author’s personal experiences growing, saving, and swapping seeds, and deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds.


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