Christmas is only a short time away and gift giving season is about to be in full swing. You carefully select that perfect gift for each person on your list. Yet it seems that as the holidays approach, we run into situation where we either inadvertently left someone off our list or an event will come up where a gift would be appropriate. Instead of stressing out about what to do, here is a last minute gift idea – garden books. Garden books are a great gift for anyone who loves to work or play at gardening.
Nature Wars: Nature Wars by Jim Sterba is an examination of how humanity’s efforts to control nature to the point of almost eliminating it led to the conservation efforts in order to protect it. The end result has been a tangled mess of nature vs. man that will engage even the casual garden enthusiast.
On Guerilla Gardening: This book by Richard Reynolds is in part a manifesto encouraging anyone with any interest in gardening and conservation to use all public and/or unused land for guerilla gardening. With stories of communities committed to this method of gardening, On Guerilla Gardening is a great read
Grow Great Grub: With great ideas, projects and recipes to assist the reader in growing some of their own organic food, Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail is a great gift for those with limited space to grow their own food.
Weeds: Weeds by Richard Mabey is an account of nature’s most unloved plants with a history of weeds and the hidden beauty they contain. Mabey skillfully demonstrates the value of weeds in the history of gardening.
Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: This book is for anyone wanting to get kids outside and involved with growing and nature. A great gift for a family with small children, Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars by Sharon Lovejoy is filled with ideas and projects for families.
Flower: Flower by Andrew Zuckerman is a beautiful book filled with over 150 species of flowers. His photographs are legend and this book, while a little pricey, is a beautiful addition to anyone’s library.
Botany for Gardeners: In its third edition since originally published in 1990, this book has everything a gardener would ever want to know about plants and gardening. Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon is a great gift book for the garden lover in your life.
The Drunken Botanist: For the gardener who also likes his spirits, The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart is an account of the history of plants and drinks as well as some fun recipes to try. Mixing chemistry, alchemy, and botany, this tome is a fun and interesting read.
Indoor Gardening: Indoor Gardening by David Wright gives practical advice to those with little to no space for gardening outside. Wright gives tips and instructions for having an indoor garden that will yield plenty of home grown food.
Hydroponics for Beginners: The Essential Hydroponics Guide is an excellent guide to start growing herbs, fruits and vegetables indoor without the use of soil.