Boston Public Library
Gardening
Booklists for Adults

General

READER’S DIGEST ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO GARDENING.

BURPEE COMPLETE GARDENER.

WYMAN’S GARDENING ENCYCLOPEDIA
by Donald Wyman.

 

Annuals

ANNUALS by Suzanne Frutig Bales.

THE ANNUAL GARDEN: Flowers, Foliage, Fruits, and Grasses for One Summer Season
by H. Peter Loewer.

ANNUALS FOR CONNOISSEURS
by Wayne Winterrowd.

 

Perennials

RODALE’S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PERENNIALS
edited by Ellen Phillips.

THE PERENNIAL GARDENER
by Fred McGourty.

THE PERENNIAL GARDEN: Color Harmonies through the Seasons
by Jeff Cox.

 

Shrubs, Hedges, and Vines

THE HEDGE BOOK: How to Select, Plant, and Grow a Living Fence
by Jeffrey Whitehead.

GARDENING WITH THE NEW SMALL PLANTS: The Complete Guide to Growing Dwarf and Miniature Shrubs, Flowers, Trees, and Vegetables
by Oliver E. Allen.

SHRUBS
by Roger Phillips.

 

Vegetables and Fruits

GROWING FRUIT IN YOUR BACKYARD
by Lee Reich.

GARDENING: The Complete Guide to Growing America’s Favorite Fruits and Vegetables.
The National Gardening Association.

GROWING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ORGANICALLY: The Complete Guide to a Great-Tasting, More Bountiful, Problem-Free Harvest
edited by Jean M.A. Nick and Fern Marshall Bradley.

 

Trees

THE GARDEN TREES HANDBOOK: A Complete Guide to Choosing, Planting, and Caring for Garden Trees
by Alan R. Toogood.

TREES FOR YOUR GARDEN
by Roy Lancaster

ALL ABOUT TREES. Ortho Books.

 

Herbs

RODALE’S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HERBS.

HERBS FOR THE HOME: A Definitive Sourcebook to Growing and Using Herbs
by Jekka McVicar

THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS
by Lesley Bremness.

 

Bulbs

FLOWERING BULBS INDOORS AND OUT
by Theodore James.

ALL ABOUT BULBS
by Alvin Horton.

BULBS
by the editors of Time-Life Books.

 

Shade Gardening

TAYLOR’S GUIDE TO SHADE GARDENING.

EASY CARE SHADE FLOWERS
by Patricia A. Taylor.

SHADE GARDENING
by the editors of Time-Life Books.

 

Container Gardening

WATER GARDENING IN CONTAINERS: Small Ponds, Indoors and Out
by Helen Nash.

THE CREATIVE CONTAINER GARDENER: How to Create a Theme-Based Garden in a Small Space
by Elaine Stevens.

THE MOVABLE GARDEN: How to Use Potted Plants Indoors and Out to Create a Carefree Year-Round Garden
by Ruth Shaw Ernst.

CONTAINED GARDENS: Creative Designs and Projects
by Susan Berry.

 

Window Boxes

THE WINDOW BOX BOOK
by Anne Moyer Halpin.

WINDOWBOX GARDENING
by David Joyce.

 

Organic Gardening

CONTROLLING PESTS AND DISEASES
by Patricia S. Michalak.

YOUR ORGANIC GARDEN WITH JEFF COX
by Jeff Cox.

 

Wildflowers

THE WILDFLOWER GARDENER’S GUIDE
by Henry Warren Art.

LANDSCAPING WITH WILDFLOWERS: An Environmental Approach to
Gardening
by James W. Wilson.

WILDFLOWERS
by the editors of Time-Life Books.

 

Wildlife Gardening

THE NATURALIST’S GARDEN: How to Garden with Plants That Attract Birds, Butterflies, and Other Wildlife
by Ruth Shaw Ernst.

THE WILDLIFE GARDENER
by John V. Dennis.

THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION’S GUIDE TO GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE: How to Create a Beautiful Backyard Habitat for Birds, Butterflies and Other Wildlife
by Craig Tufts.

 

Landscape Gardening

THE WELL-PLANNED GARDEN: A Practical Guide to Planning and Planting
by Rupert Golby.

THE SMALL GARDEN: A Practical Guide to Planning and Planting
by Julie Toll.

LANDSCAPING THAT SAVES ENERGY DOLLARS
by Ruth S. Foster

THE FRONT GARDEN: New Approaches to Landscape Design
by Mary Riley Smith.

THE VICTORY GARDEN LANDSCAPE GUIDE
by Thomas Wirth.

A STARTER GARDEN: The Guide for Horticulturally Hapless
by Cheryl Merser.

GARDENS BY DESIGN: Step-by-Step Plans for 12 Imaginative Gardens
by H. Peter Loewer.

THE BACKYARD LANDSCAPER: 40 Professional Designs for Do-It-Yourselfers.

LANDSCAPING
by the editors of Time-Life Books.

THE FOUR-SEASON LANDSCAPE: Easy-Care Plants and Plans for Year-Round Color
by Susan A. Roth.

COMBINING PLANTS
by the editors of Time-Life Books.

 

Miscellaneous

THE ABLE GARDENER: Overcoming Barriers of Age and Physical Limitations
by Kathleen Yeomans.

THE BUDGET GARDENER
by Maureen Gilmer.

THE CITY GARDENER’S HANDBOOK:from Balcony to Backyard: A Comprehensive Guide to Planting Small Spaces
by Linda Yang.

GREAT GARDEN SHORTCUTS: 100s of All-New Tips and Techniques That Guarantee You’ll Save Time, Save Money, Save Work.

THE FIRST-TIME GARDENER
by Pattie Barron.

Compiled by Mary Lou Coveney.  Dudley Branch, Boston Public Library, 1997.