For the Love of Gardening
If you're anything like me you love gardening, while I'm into container gardening from necessity at the moment I have dreams of creating a large, multi-purpose garden to get my hands dirty with vegetable gardening, organic gardening, flower gardening and landscape gardening.
So this week's book club selection is a bit on the indulgence side for me with, what I think is, an enticing collection of books on gardening. I'm sure you'll be able to find ideal gifts for the gardener in your life - even if that's you. Do enjoy!
Creating Your Eco-Friendly Garden (CSIRO Publishing)
This book shows people how to create an eco-friendly garden from scratch or by redeveloping an existing garden. It is practical, simply written and based on the author’s own first-hand experience and the wealth of knowledge amassed during the course of her job at Grass Roots, Australia’s most popular self-sufficiency magazine.
The author’s aim is that readers will gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to develop a garden in their own individual style to suit the needs of their family, in an environmentally friendly manner and for little cost.
Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens
The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens is the first comprehensive reference book to cover all aspects of Australian gardens, and the history of gardening and garden design in Australia. The book is comprised of over 400 thematic, bibliographic and place based entries, and is extensively illustrated and cross referenced to ensure ease of use and thorough coverage of the field.
The Companion contributes to the understanding of gardens and gardening by including entries on designed landscapes, agriculture, architecture, art, botany, ecology, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture, town planning and viticulture and will become the standard reference on the subject.
Climbers and Creepers - Australia's Best Garden Guides
Let the colours, scents and fruit of these magnificent rambling, scrambling, crawling and sprawling plants dress up your garden! No more trudging through garden nurseries. No more deciphering rain-soaked labels. No more need for expensive reference books. No more thumbing through endless catalogues.
This full-colour guide contains clear descriptions of the best climbers and creepers; beautiful colour photographs of every cultivar, so you can see how the bulbs you buy will turn out; Australia-wide cultivation notes so you can choose the plants best suited to your garden, no matter where you are in Australia. This book will save you time and guesswork.
The Old Country: Australian Landscapes, Plants and People
This passionate, wise and witty book, enriched with breathtakingly beautiful illustrations tells stories about the Australian natural landscape and suggests some possible ‘home-grown’ solutions to the nation’s water shortage problems.
Fabulous Foliage Plants - Australia's Best Garden Guides
Stunning foliage plants to set off your garden chosen by one of Australia's leading garden design experts, Rosemary Davies. This full colour guide contains expert practical advice and hints at your finger tips. Rosemary also provides beautiful colour photos of every variety, so you can see how the plants you buy in the nursery will turn out at home.
Gardenesque: A Celebration of Australian Gardening
Covering more than 200 years of Australian gardening, this beautiful volume offers a visual tour of stunning images from the State Library of Victoria’s extensive collections. Revealing the diversity of Australia’s gardening heritage in selections from a wide range of books, pamphlets, plans, paintings, and prints, this magnificent guide celebrates both the aesthetic and practical nature of gardens by showcasing a variety of plants and tracking shifts in environmental concerns.
Gardening Down-Under: A Guide to Healthier Soils and Plants
Kevin Handreck's classic best-seller contains a wealth of information for practical gardeners. It will enable you to improve the worst of soils, choose the best fertiliser for particular plants and minimise water use. It also contains a comprehensive guide to managing potted plants. Here also are the basics of soil, composting, fertilisers and potting mixes, as well as simple tests and colour guides to nutrient deficiencies. Gardening Down-Under covers much practical information left out by other gardening books.
The Kitchen Garden Grower's Guide: A practical encyclopedia
A veritable encyclopedia and easy how-to guide on all that is natural and necessary in the world of gardening and small fruit, vegetable, and herb preparation. Stephen Albert leaves no stone—collard green, leek, or potato—unearthed in this absolutely amazing field guide that greenhorns, old hands, weekend gardeners, and chefs should not be without.
From the soil to the plate, this manual is exceptionally penned and easy to follow. It provides answers to basic and in-depth growing questions. It includes how to plant, how to grow and care for crops, how to harvest, how to store, and how to prepare vegetables and herbs.
Botanic Gardens of Australia
While tranquil strolls through lush and exotic plantings and picnicking by sparkling lakes or fountains are what we most associate with botanic gardens, they offer so much more. Botanic Gardens of Australia provides for the first time a guide to 80 city and regional public gardens. It features their history; specialist gardens such as Japanese or rose; diverse collections of rare, native or exotic plants; notable sculpture or art; and the festivals and entertainments for which they are venues. Within each state section, the numbered gardens are marked on the relevant state map. Each entry includes information such as wheelchair accessibility, opening times, entry fees, special attractions, percentage of plants labelled and facilities.
Herb Gardening for Dummies
A decent starting place for those new to the fascinating world of herbs, Herb Gardening for Dummies covers everything from garden design to proper care, feeding, and usage of these versatile plants. The plant encyclopedia is cleverly written, informative, and gives ideas on how to use these little critters once you've harvested them--the authors are considerably more cautious than herbal guides written by professional naturopaths, which can be a good thing for newcomers to the field.
A Rose By Any Other Name