Gifts for Gardeners, Bookstore Edition
With the holidays on their way, you may be looking for just the right thing for the plant-lover in your life. This week, I’m posting gift ideas for the 2010 holiday season. Today: Books!
If we could spend all day gardening, we probably world. But eventually the sun sets and you have to rest. So why not have a book about gardening on your bedside table to read while you wait for tomorrow’s sun? Here are a few of the books that have helped me pretend I know what I’m doing.
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- Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail
After my dad, Gayla Trail is probably the most influential gardener in my life. I’ve been reading her blog for years (I even wrote for it once), and got to meet her in person a few times. Like me, she’s someone who doesn’t just nurture plants, but is nurtured by them. Grow Great Grub (as well as her previous book, You Grow Girl) is a must-have for anyone starting a vegetable garden. The book is as beautiful as it is informative, written in a human, friendly voice that makes it all look easy.
- The New Terrarium by Tovah Martin
This book is a couple years old now, but it’s niche enough that the gardener in your life probably doesn’t have it yet. I’d never much cared for terraria, but this book changed my mind. It got some bad reviews on Amazon because it’s heavy on photos and light on text, but that’s okay with me. Books like this are more about creating inspiration, and The New Terrarium definitely did that. I’ll never look at a glass jar the same way again.
- The Trees of San Francisco by Mike Sullivan
This one’s just for the locals. If you’re not already the kind of person that wonders what kind of trees you see on the street, this book will turn you into one. Full of interesting historical tidbits, it will teach you everything you need to know to identify the majority of the trees in San Francisco and where to find them. You’ll never have to wonder “what kind of tree is that?” again.
Hey gardeners: What books do you recommend?
Tune in tomorrow for the next edition, especially for San Franciscans.