Garden Books: Gifts for Gardeners

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Garden books make great gifts for the gardener on your holiday list. Here are a couple of recently published books I recommend that you can find at the local bookstore.

1.Container Gardens: 50 Recipes for Year-Round Gardening by P. Allen Smith. Reviewed here on this blog. Great for urban gardeners/container gardeners.

2. The Garden of Invention by Jane S. Smith. Is a great book about plantsman Luther Burbank. Who? Between 1873 and 1925 Luther Burbank developed more than eight hundred varieties of fruits and vegetables, flowers, nuts, and grains. You may not have heard his name before, but there’s a big chance you’ve grown his flowers or eaten one of his creations. McDonald’s uses Russet Burbank potatoes to make their golden fries.  A great book for the history nerd or gardener who starts sentences with; “Did you know…?” A bonus if you like to shop local: Jane S. Smith is from Chicago and a professor at Northwestern University.

3. Waking Up in Eden by Lucinda Fleeson. A true-life tale of a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer
who left her job to work at Hawaii’s National Tropical Botanical Garden
after seeing where the newspaper biz was heading in the ’90s. A good
read for any gardener, newspaper employees and soon-to-be J-School

4. Bulb by Anna Pavord. I can’t say enough good
things about this book, well…I could but I’d just mostly be repeating
what I posted here on this blog.

5.Grow Your Own Eat Your Own
by Bob Flowerdew. I haven’t gotten around to doing a full review of
this book, but I really like it. A good book for the gardener turned
cook or the cook turned gardener. Recipe ideas (wonderfully
photographed) to help you turn your garden’s produce into delicious
dishes and meals. Is it normal to want to lick the pages of books
because the food looks so good?

I think that’s going to do it for Christmas gift ideas, I don’t even celebrate the holiday.

Related Posts:

SeedBallz and Seeds: Gifts for Gardeners
Amaryllis Bulb Kits: Gifts for Gardeners ( flower slide show included)


How about the Obama head planter for the Chicago gardener in your life? Or maybe the Chia Obama?

update #2.

by the Harri Bank on Monroe today (12/9) because they had local
merchants selling items. If you’re looking to give local or gifts from
good causes check out Chicago Honey Co-op for bath & body products and of course, locally produced honey. Urban Meadows
was there selling poinsettias and floral bouquets. Urban Meadows is a
non-profit florist assisting people with mental disabilities. Also
there was Woman Craft ,who
provides “artisan positions and transitional jobs for women overcoming
barriers to employment.” They had handmade paper note cards that were
embedded with seeds.

Stopped by the Chicago Architecture
Foundation and spotted some neat botanical print note cards. At the
Christmas market in Daley Plaza you can get some pretty cool ornaments
in the shapes of flowers, fruits and plants


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  • I too am in love with Anna Pavord's "Bulb." My other favorite book this year is, "The New Terrarium," by Tovah Martin. I'm going to put "Waking Up Eden," on my list of books I want to read. Sometimes I feel like that list is like planes waiting in line to take off at JFK...just gets longer and longer.

  • In reply to Kerry:


    If you haven't already you should add The Garden of Invention to the list. I head of The New Terrarium but haven't seen the inside pages of the book. Will have to check it out.

  • In reply to Kerry:

    The problem, of course, is that it's the gardeners reading this blog, and not the people who buy gifts for us!

  • In reply to naxn:

    HA! Good point. Although they put up this post on the homepage of the website. So, maybe one lucky gardener may get something they'd like. :0)

  • In reply to naxn:

    I LOVED Garden of Invention and Waking Up in Eden! I gave copies to my mom, and she loved them both too. I'm currently reading Bulb, and it's definitely inspiring me to add more bulbs to the garden. Excellent recommendations!

  • In reply to naxn:

    And, if I may be so bold, my booklet Fun with Winter Seed Sowing makes a good gift, too! :)

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