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Gardens and Gardening

Updated: January 12, 2021

Gardening is one of Americans' favorite hobbies. It is not necessary to have a large plot of land, a few potted plants will do--indoors or outdoors. Included are books about magnificent gardens and smaller ones, and books about gardening.

The 3,000 mile garden : an exchange of letters on gardening, food, and the good life
Land, Leslie.
Call Number: 635.0942 L253

Roger Phillips, British botanical and garden photographer, and Leslie Land, American food writer, struck up a friendship at a mushroom gathering in New Hampshire. Their shared interests continued in a charming correspondence across the pond.

American grown : the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America
Obama, Michelle, 1964-
Call Number: 641.0973 O12

First Lady Michelle Obama's goal was to promote healthy, nutritious, tasty food, and it all began with the creation of a vegetable, fruit and herb garden on the grounds of the White House.

Another world lies beyond : creating Liu Fang Yuan, the Huntington's Chinese garden
Call Number: 711.9794 H953An

The Huntington Library has several gardens. The Chinese Garden, or Garden of Flowing Fragrance, was opened to the public in 2008. Filled with lovely full-page color photographs, the authors discuss the special symbolism of the plants and layout of the garden space.

Edible Schoolyard : a universal idea
Waters, Alice.
Call Number: 372.635 W329

Chef, restaurateur and food writer Alice Waters championed fresh, organic produce to be used in cooking. At a Berkeley middle school, Waters along with teachers and volunteers changed an abandoned pile of soil into an educational food movement. They taught children and adults how to grow, harvest and cook food on a relatively small scale, and The Edible Schoolyard, which has numerous locations including a local site The Larchmont Schools.

A garden story
Whiteson, Leon.
Call Number: 716.09794 W594 1996

An inspiring story of how Leon Whiteson's changed his drab Hollywood backyard into a beautiful refuge. 

Garden talk : ask me anything
Guest, C. Z.
Call Number: 716 G936-2

C. Z. Guest was a socialite, horse woman, but also a dedicated gardener. Her gardening  was begun in childhood, and as the chatelaine of an estate in Old Westbury, Guest was hands-on in maintaining and overseeing the indoor and outdoor gardens.

Green thoughts : a writer in the garden
Perényi, Eleanor, 1918-2009.
Call Number: 635.048 P437 1983

Eleanor Perenyi was an amateur gardener who wrote passionately about all aspects of gardening. One of these seventy-two essays should offer courage and incentive for the novice and seasoned gardener alike.

How not to kill your houseplant : survival tips for the horticulturally challenged
Peerless, Veronica.
Call Number: 716.4 P375

Do not be put off if all of your plants die, instead allow Veronica Peerless show you some easy ways to keep them growing.

Indoor edible garden
Allaway, Zia
Call Number: 635 A421-1

An innnovative way to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs indoors. Easy-to-follow instructions make it possible for everyone to create a beautiful and practical garden inside their home.

Making things grow; a practical guide for the indoor gardener. Illus. by Grambs Miller.
Cruso, Thalassa.
Call Number: 716.4 C957

British gardener Thalassa Cruso was a unique personality on public televsion, akin to Julia Childs, she had a wealth of knowledge about the basics of gardening. Here she is on YouTube making things grow.

The new plant parent : develop your green thumb and care for your house-plant family
Cheng, Darryl
Call Number: 716.4 C518

For new and experienced gardeners, there are lots of useful tips to help everyone have healthy, flourishing plants.

The no-kill garden : a collection of handcrafted plants for the blackest of thumbs
Van De Car, Nikki
Call Number: 746.45 V217

If you cannot grow a real plant, then this might be the book for you. You will have plants that never disappoint you, or die. The authors present crafting techniques, from the most basic to the more complex, on how to make plants from many types of materials. At the beginning of every instructional page there are facts about the real plants that the crafted ones duplicate.

On the High Line
La Farge, Annik.
Call Number: 711.9747 L159

On Manhattan's West Side, one and half miles of abandoned elevated train track was transformed into a urban sanctuary in a very unlikely site.

One hundred years in the Huntington's Japanese garden : harmony with nature
Call Number: 711.9794 H951On folio

A history of the Huntington's Japanese Garden, which is over 100 years old. Beauty, tradition and culture are exemplified in the unique features of this very popular California landmark. 

Robert Irwin Getty garden
Weschler, Lawrence.
Call Number: 711.9794 G394We

Robert Irwin created a garden to work with Richard Meier's architecture for the J. Paul Getty Museum

Roses without chemicals : 150 disease-free varieties that will change the way you grow roses
Kukielski, Peter.
Call Number: 716.21 K96

Growing roses is not as difficult as you may think, and it is possible to grow beautiful flowers without using chemicals.

Skogluft /skog-looft/ : forest air : Norwegian secrets for bringing natural air and light into your
Viumdal, Jørn
Call Number: 716.4 V854

Use plants to enhance your home environment in a healthy and lovely way by following the Norwegian secrets on how to do that.

Tomatomania! : a fresh approach to celebrating tomatoes in the garden and in the kitchen
Daigre, Scott
Call Number: 635.647 D132

There is nothing like a home-grown tomato for good flavor and variety. This book celebrates numerous types of tomatoes and provides excellent tips on how to grow them.

Two gardeners : Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence : a friendship in letters
White, Katharine Sergeant Angell.
Call Number: 716 W585-1

The correspondence between two ardent gardeners, Katharine S. White, editor at The New Yorker, and Elizabeth Lawrence, a southern garden writer.

The well-gardened mind : the restorative power of nature
Stuart-Smith, Sue
Call Number: 615.8515 S932

If there are some people who need a reason to get outside and do some gardening, then this is the book for you. Sue Stuart-Smith presents well-documented scientific evidence about the benefits of gardening. For those who are home gardeners, this book will validate their addiction.