The gift of good reading for gardeners

Garden books and magazines have been some of my best friends over the course of my career in the outdoors. Here are some suggestions from 2014 that may please the gardeners on your holiday list and you, too. These four were featured in my recent column in The Day community papers.  Read on for a new book from Square Foot Gardening guru Mel Bartholomew about growing with kids. 

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The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening by Amy Ziffer: Among books on shade gardening, this one is a gift to those of us who live in the land of the trees. Ziffer offers 60 plants for deep shade and digs into the regional particulars of successful shade gardening. A great addition to my own library. 
Coffee for Roses…and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening by C.L. Fornari. Warning: This book could make you an insufferable gardening knowitall. But that's only if you're willing to accept author C.L. Fornari's lighthearted challenges to lots of old, popular garden myths.
The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy.  Maybe Dorothy was giving garden advice in The Wizard of Oz when she said, "There's no place like home." That is certainly the message of The Living Landscape. Ask your librarian to add it to the local collection. It carries a timely message that belongs in every homeowner's and landscaper's awareness.

Connecticut Gardener Magazine: All land and garden care is local, which is why a subscription to Connecticut Gardener could make your intended gift recipient very happy. Visit, call 203-292-0711, or email Tell them you read about it here to get a special offer.