Celebration of Gardening Books 2014 and Giveaway

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With the re-design of Gardening Gone Wild (hope you like it!) and summer just around the corner, it’s time for a celebration!

And what better way to celebrate than to highlight 7 gardening books that have been published in 2014?

In honor of this special event, all 7 authors are generously donating a copy of their book. Instructions on how to participate in the giveaway are listed below. But for right now, sit back and enjoy the personal words of these talented gardeners.

Gardening Books 2014

Paradise In Plain Sight: Lessons From A Zen Garden

 

Paradise In Plain Sight: Lessons From A Zen Garden, written by Karen Maezen Miller

“I’d published two books and I was having trouble getting started on my third. As a Zen Buddhist priest, I write about spirituality in everyday life. My first book, Momma Zen, was about the path of early motherhood; the second, Hand Wash Cold, was about making a mindful home. But for the third, I wanted to write something “important” about Buddhism. Boldly ambitious, I made several attempts, each summarily rejected. I thought my writing career was over.

Then a sympathetic friend offered a simple suggestion. “Why don’t you write about the garden?” The idea was obvious. I could suddenly see exactly what the next book would be, and how easy it would come to life. It was already alive, and filled my vision at every turn.

My backyard is southern California’s oldest private Japanese garden, constructed in 1916 by a landscape designer from Japan. The unlikely prospect that a 7,500-square-foot garden — with four ponds, three bridges, two waterfalls and a teahouse — would be hidden in the backyard of a house in suburban Los Angeles is a rich premise for a book. But Paradise in Plain Sight goes beyond any history I can tell, and instead recounts what the garden has told to me: the living wisdom of our natural world. Released from my notion of what an important book should teach, I found instead that the garden already teaches everything. Rocks convey faith, ponds preach stillness, flowers give love, fruit teaches forgiveness, and leaves show how to let go. The garden right in front of me gives the lessons in fearlessness, forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and contentment that form each chapter of the book.

A story about this unique garden might be interesting, but wouldn’t provide lasting benefit, so my purpose was to change the way readers understand the word “paradise.” The secret to doing that is found in the word itself. Its old Persian roots convey its original intent: pairi-, meaning “around,” and diz, “to create (a wall).” Before it became a mythical ideal, paradise meant simply “an enclosed area.” A backyard, if you will, and not just my backyard, but everyone’s.

In the 17 years we’ve lived here, my family and I have made this paradise our own. Now I want readers to find their own paradise in the here and now, on the ground beneath their feet. Then I will have done something worthwhile.” Karen Maezen Miller

 

Plants With Benfits

Plants With Benefits

 

Plants With Benefits, written by Helen Yoest

“As I was writing about the avocado to learn more about its benefits–health, flavor, texture, and ingredients for many well-known dishes–I also read where it was an aphrodisiac. This made me curious. I wondered what was it about the plant that classified it as an aphrodisiac.
I know this familiar fruit so well. Most do. Stacked on the shelves at the grocery store, one variety with smooth skin the other with a bumpy surface. What was it about this plant; was it the shape?  I then cut into one. Was it the pit or the indent on the other side where half the seed once sat? I was baffled.
What I learned set me off on a journey to explore many more plants with benefits, and how they made aphrodisiac history.

So what was it about the avocado? 

Avocados were cultivated in central Mexico almost ten thousand years ago by the early Mayans. These ancient civilizations practiced their version of the Doctrine of Signatures, or the idea that an object’s appearance indicated its use.

The Aztecs dubbed the avocado tree ahuacatl (pronounced ah-hoo-ah-cattle), which literately translates to “testicle”– probably due to the fruit’s tendency to grow and hang in pairs. Since most of us don’t live in the tropical climates needed to grow avocados, we’re not likely to see them as nature intended – and thus reap the added benefit of the power of suggestion.

The avocado’s aphrodisiac reputation was so widely known (and feared) by the Aztecs that parents kept their virgin daughters indoors during the harvest of the “fertility fruit.”  In 1672, when King Charles II of England’s personal physician encountered avocados in Jamaica, he wrote “It nourisheth and strengtheneth the body… procuring lust exceedingly.”

Lust aside, the avocado – with its lovely taste and texture – is a popular fruit commonly used in many culinary dishes.” Helen Yoest of Gardening With Confidence

 

Heaven Is A Garden

Heaven is a Garden

 

Heaven is a Gardenwritten by Jan Johnsen

My book, Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection has been a long time in coming and I couldn’t be happier that it is finally published!  I have been in the landscape design and horticulture professions for many years and I love to share what I have learned with others. In fact, it was my landscape design students at the New York Botanical Garden and Columbia University that urged me to write a book. They made me realize that what I was sharing with them would be of interest to a wider audience. And so it began…

I worked full time as a landscape designer and I had a child so I had to wait until he went off to college before I embarked on writing ‘the book’. Every morning I would wake up at 5 am and write for about an hour and a half. I would also write on weekends and on vacation. Then I edited and edited some more. I also took the photos. It was quite a project, to say the least.

The inspiration for my book came from my conviction that creating landscapes that make a person ‘feel’ at ease and relaxed is at the core of great garden design. I refer, in the book, to my experience walking into a Japanese garden in Kyoto for the first time and feeling transported. It was this momentous feeling that compelled me to be a landscape designer.

Another inspiration came from Christopher Alexander’s book, ‘A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction’.  He explored the basis of great design from various historical and common sense perspectives. It was illuminating to read and I used it in my classes to help teach certain landscape design principles. So many great ideas can be gleaned from looking at our ancestors’ practices and gardens.

I combined these 2 inspirations in my book and explained how to create a little bit of heaven in a garden by utilizing historic techniques and understandings. I use many photos to illustrate my ideas. I sincerely hope that my mantra of ‘simplicity, sanctuary and delight’ resonates with others and that Heaven Is A Garden will help readers to create a serene outdoor haven of their own.” Jan Johnsen of Serenity In The Garden

 

Plant By Numbers

Plant By Numbers

Plant By Numbers, written by Steve Asbell

Plant by Numbers was supposed to just be a spinoff of another book but instead became a totally new way to garden indoors; by choosing compatible houseplants and growing them together in long-lasting living flower arrangements. Cool Springs Press originally contacted me to write a sequel to Barbara Wise’s excellent Container Gardening for all Seasons, which featured 50 container combinations for each time of the year. Mine was to be about combining houseplants, which was exciting to me since I’ve successfully combined houseplants since I started gardening, yet no books existed on the subject and everyone seemed to be under the impression that indoor plants were meant to go solo. To the contrary, it’s actually much easier to grow houseplants when they’re grouped together! If you’re growing a bunch of different plants in their own containers, it becomes a real chore; you’d then have to water, feed and move each plant around individually. Combining compatible houseplants in a single pot makes indoor gardening more enjoyable and rewarding because it emulates the look of a real garden and more importantly, is much less time-consuming. I created 50 combinations for this book and the five I’ve held onto need much less care than my singly potted houseplants. I just won’t go back.

 

“From the minute I started planning Plant by Numbers, I realized that I was writing this book for every self-proclaimed black thumb who tried gardening indoors and failed. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met who’ve ‘killed’ a houseplant and mistakenly thought that it was their fault. They may have inherited a dish garden full of plants that have totally different needs and unknowingly rotted the roots because the florist neglected to include a drainage hole, or they might have bought a fern without a care label indicating that it needs lots of water. My book shows newbie gardeners how to purchase healthy plants, combine those that actually work well together and arrange them for both beauty and durability. My motivation was that I could give those ‘plant killers’ another chance to give gardening another shot. It can be pretty devastating to come home to a neglected and subsequently dead peace lily, but if that peace lily were combined in a big pot with prayer plants (Calathea) and pothos (Epipremnum), suddenly your indoor garden has a fighting chance. More soil around the roots keeps the plants moist longer between waterings. If the peace lily dies, then the surviving plants keep up appearances until they either fill in or you decide to replace the plant. The main reason that houspelants do so well in combinations though, is that they’re works of art. You wouldn’t forget to water your own living masterpiece.” Steve Asbell of The Rainforest Garden

 

Celebration of Gardening Books

The 20-30 Something Garden Guide

The 20-30 Something Garden Guide, written by Dee Nash

“I wrotThe 20-30 Something Garden Guide, a no-fuss, down and dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone who wants to grow stuff because I want to pass on the love of gardening to everyone, and I think the first place to start is vegetable gardening. My children know how to garden because I’ve shown them throughout their lives. However, I noticed their friends didn’t know how, and I want to help them. I spent a lot of money and wasted time on things that don’t work so I want to pass on my hard-won knowledge to the next generation. It’s a great gift for anyone who wants to garden no matter what their age.

There are three garden plans in the book starting with containers on a patio or deck and then moving onto raised beds and finally a garden for all five senses. I also included community gardening because not everyone can garden at home due to a yard that’s too shady, or community restrictions. Gardening isn’t about a magic fertilizer or perfect plants. It’s simply a skill that can be learned. Let’s all get growing!” Dee Nash of Red Dirt Ramblings

 

Taming Wildflowers
Taming Wildflower

 

Taming Wildflowers, written by Miriam Goldberg

“I wrote Taming Wildflowers to share my passion for the beauty and utility of wildflowers!

Taming Wildflowers tackles a combination of topics not seen in any other gardening book:

-          My 60 top recommended wildflowers and native grasses- How to grow them from seed and their specific pollinator partners.

-          Easy ways to grow wildflowers from seed by winter sowing outdoors (cold, moist stratification) or in the refrigerator

-          Explains the crucial role wildflowers play in keeping our precious pollinators alive and humming and grow beneficial insect populations that protect human food crops.

-          How to incorporate wildflowers into any and all forms of gardening – traditional borders, cutting gardens, community gardens, veggie gardens, scree gardens and why it’s so important to do so.

-          Eliminates regrettable weeding accidents because I identify the top 60 wildflower seedlings

-          And demonstrate how wildflowers make great cut flowers and everlastings; which ones, how long they last in the vase and how to dry and arrange them

-          Inspiring and practical examples from three wildly different brides’ DIY wildflower weddings including instructions for wildflower bouquets, boutonnieres and table arrangements.

I want people to appreciate not only how beautiful wildflowers are but how utterly essential they are to help heal the planet. Wildflowers grow pollinator populations and support organic farming because they attract the beneficial insects that function as natural insecticides, protecting human food crops.

I wrote Taming Wildflowers to inspire gardeners to include wildflowers in whatever kind of gardens they grow!!!  Their beauty is unsurpassed and their power to heal the planet has no equal.” Miriam Goldberger of Wildflower Farm

 

Attracting Beneficial Bugs
Attracting Beneficial Bugs

 

 Attracting Beneficial Bugs To Your Garden: A Natural Approach To Pest Control written by Jessica Walliser

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control is a book about both insects and plants. It is the result of a deep need for gardeners to understand the value of insects to the garden – and to the world – rather than constantly vilifying them. I wanted to write a book that demystifies insects in gardening terms and enables readers to recognize how beneficial insects work, what some of them look like, and how they influence the delicate balance of the garden. The intent of the book is to define the necessary partnership between plants and insects, and to teach gardeners how to make their landscape into a place where bugs are welcome. I wanted gardeners to recognize that encouraging beneficial insects and creating a balance within the garden, can lead to a natural reduction in the need for pest control, organic or otherwise.

The book is a guide for selecting, placing, and caring for plants that encourage and support thousands of different species of beneficial insects. It teaches gardeners how to create a landscape that fosters a diversity of both plants and insects, and helps restore balance to the home landscape. I also wanted to share with gardeners some of the more fascinating research taking place in the entomological community. The book includes interviews with entomologists from across North America and reveals some pretty jaw-dropping information about the ways in which plants and insects interact. There is so much fascinating research out there on everything from invasive exotic pests and insect alarm signals, to beetle farms and plant/insect communications. It’s time we gardeners start paying attention. The complexities of the insect world are truly amazing.

I was once a chemical-dependent gardener, so I understand how quickly one can come to rely on a product to “control” a pest. It’s easy, but it isn’t always the most effective means to the end. I learned, over the course of converting almost 40 different gardens to organic management, that it’s far easier to control pests by building a beautiful garden, filled with insect-supporting plants, that keeps the “good” and the “bad” guys in natural balance. All the tools and information you need to create a garden to protect that delicate balance is found in this book.

I used to go to the nursery and buy a plant because I liked the flower color or I thought it would look good next to my patio or I needed color in September or I liked the plant’s texture or form or whatever. Every plant I bought, I bought for me and me alone. But now I know how a beautiful garden lives in harmony with billions of insects. Now I choose plants for them; I garden for them as much as I do for myself.” Jessica Walliser of Jessica Walliser

How To Participate In The Book Giveaway

It’s simple.

All you have to do is write a comment at the end of the post and spread the news about GGW’s Book Celebration on social media.

and SIGN UP FOR OUR UPDATES (on Home Page).

Participants limited to individuals living in the United States.

I will take all qualified entries, put names in a hat and then randomly pick.

The contest closes on June 5th at 12 midnight. Winners will be announced on June 6th.

So participate in the fun! You have the chance to win one of 7 terrific books!

 

 

 

Fran Sorin

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender.

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Laurin Lindsey June 2, 2014, 9:02 am

What a wonderful list. I have Two of the books already and look forward to reading the rest. I just did a post about Dee Nash’s book and we give it out to our younger clients. I love Jan Johsen’s book and recommend it too! I am really looking Karen Maezin Miller book her premise is just what I feel and why my blog tag line is Learning life’s lessons in the garden!. I have given copies of your book Digging Deep to my friends and fellow artists and designers because you make the same connection. Thank you for expanding my reading list!
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Susan June 2, 2014, 9:20 am

I thought I had enough gardening books until I saw these mouthwatering reviews. We’ve enjoyed GGW for a long time now. Thank you.

Jason Dsouza June 2, 2014, 9:30 am

love your blog. i follow via email and rss. i would very much like to get the houseplant book!

Lynne June 2, 2014, 9:33 am

These all sound like excellent books for gardeners. I have already purchased the book Attracting Beneficial Bugs… I am a master gardener and speak to this topic often.

Anita Taylor June 2, 2014, 9:41 am

I would love to have any of these wonderful gardening books to learn more about my favorite way to decrease stress and get some much needed exercise.

Madeline Edwards June 2, 2014, 9:42 am

The books given as prizes in this contest are suitable for everyone, from black-thumb newbies to the world of gardening to seasoned “pros.” There’s something for all of us to learn.

Jane E D June 2, 2014, 9:47 am

Great selection all new to me. Thank you for sharing.

Cherie Smith June 2, 2014, 9:47 am

Gardening Gone Wild always enlightens me, no matter what Fran has chosen for the topic the day a new email arrives. It encourages me to think outside the box.
My daughter has 12 avos in her back orchard, and the book So what was it about the Avocado? intrigued me. Thank you for reviewing 2014 garden books! Cherie Smith

Chris Ellen Montgomery June 2, 2014, 9:53 am

What a delightful collection of gardening books! I know Jan & have bought her “Heaven is a Garden” book… My own garden is a mix of bamboo, California natives & fragrant plants… And a Meyers lemon tree…

Lydia Plunk June 2, 2014, 9:53 am

One can never have too much joy or too many garden books.
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Gini Huffman June 2, 2014, 9:57 am

I love this site. So much wonderful information about photographing your beautiful plants, to learning about inner city gardeners……lots of information that I pass on to my garden club in Hemphill, TX. For the last three years I have been trying to naturalize my yard (10) acres and I think I have it under hand but books, books, books always offer me new and great ideas.

janet anderson June 2, 2014, 9:59 am

What a wonderful way to introduce us to some wonderful new books.

cynth June 2, 2014, 10:00 am

Refreshing ‘points of view’ ! I would be delighted to have the experience of any one of these new books. I need the encouragement of a paradise garden. Our garden is currently rather randomly spread out over a ridgetop in rural northern California. My husband loves redwoods and cedars and I love agaves, cactus, yuccas and succulents. But they don’t provide much shade!

Cindy Edwards June 2, 2014, 10:22 am

I love to read about gardening and get ideas for my own gardens.

Lisa - Ontario June 2, 2014, 10:26 am

Oh, those are fantastic books! Thank you to all the authors!

Martine Joseph June 2, 2014, 10:30 am

Congratulations on your redesign Fran! My spirit is always healed and restored when I visit your website. I’m excited to receive an infusion of garden passion all year round. Thank you!

James Roush June 2, 2014, 10:42 am

“Plants with Benefits”…great example of a title that leaps off the shelf because of the association with a current cultural meme. I’m going to look for this one!

Caryn Ludwig June 2, 2014, 10:43 am

Each book sounds so unique and well thought out I want them all! Looks like all the bases are covered in this wonderful selection; from someone just getting started in the wonderful world of growing, to someone wanting to hone their design skills to the utmost, or learning how to truly be an organic gardener and use beneficial insects for your biological warfare and pest management! Great books, all.

Martha Franks June 2, 2014, 10:56 am

New books sound inspiring! Would love to receive any of them!

Charles Ward June 2, 2014, 11:03 am

What a fantastic array of gardening insight in these seven books — from nuts-and-bolts to meditative, from ecological to decorative, from novice-level to master-level. Thank you for curating this selection, GGW!
–Charles Ward, Brooklyn, NY

Barbara Messemore June 2, 2014, 11:05 am

I would love to have all of these books. They look like they would be a good souce of information. I hope I win.

LaJuana June 2, 2014, 11:26 am

LOVED reading about these books! Jewels every one it looks like!

Christina Kamp June 2, 2014, 12:11 pm

Awesome books you have listed there. I’m going to post this on facebook! Yippie!

Melanie June 2, 2014, 12:16 pm

They all sound really interesting! Thanks for the opportunity!

Heather Enos June 2, 2014, 1:16 pm

What an exciting addition to a gardening library this collection would be. I would love this collection myself as I am finally starting the gardens of my dreams and they would all be so helpful.

Amy Jarratt June 2, 2014, 1:32 pm

All of the books look wonderful-would love any one of them

Karen June 2, 2014, 1:55 pm

They all sound wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win a great new gardening book.

Kate. June 2, 2014, 2:01 pm

Can one have too many cookbooks or gardening books? :)

Erin @ FierceBeagle June 2, 2014, 2:10 pm

Holy cow, what a lineup! I hope I win!

Robin Miller June 2, 2014, 2:11 pm

I’m a 3rd year gardener, and I love to learn about it! Thanks for the chance!

Sue Morton June 2, 2014, 2:24 pm

GGW is awesome..this site has inspired me to be the best I can be and helped me find my purpose! Thank you!

Sandy Tyson June 2, 2014, 3:02 pm

These books look fabulous! Would love to read all of them!

gail eichelberger June 2, 2014, 3:03 pm

What a great line up of books! Pick me, pick me! gail
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Lenore June 2, 2014, 3:26 pm

What a wonderful collection of books. Each one sounds interesting, and each author seems well informed about their subject. I always look forward to everything in GGW.
Thanks

Loni Shapiro June 2, 2014, 4:24 pm

Thanks for giving us this great list of garden books for 2014. I can’t believe I haven’t purchased one of them yet, although my shelves are getting full. I am the blogmaster for our local Coconino Master Gardener Assoc. and I will post on our site.
thanks,
Loni

Jean June 2, 2014, 5:10 pm

Awesome looking books. Even if I don’t win, I know I’ll be getting a few. Nice redesign, by the way.
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Linell Conolly June 2, 2014, 5:24 pm

As an evolving gardener, I am hungry for new info and ideas. After expanding my food garden this year…I realize I’d like even more space, and the same goes for my ‘prairie’ area in my front yard for pollinators. Are there such things as ‘yard-stretchers’?? ;)

Donna June 2, 2014, 5:35 pm

I love the new look and will definitely spread the word!! So many great books! Love to win one….
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Barbara Wolfe June 2, 2014, 6:26 pm

My dad gave me my first garden when I was 11. four square feet and total failure. But I was hooked. That was 63 years ago. Became a Master Gardener in Utah about 30 years ago, I love to grow things. Last November we moved to New Mexico, now I am starting the learning experience again, and so happy to do so.

Elena Williams June 2, 2014, 6:39 pm

Great books you are offering today!

Stephanie Hargrave June 2, 2014, 7:17 pm

Ooooooh! I love gardening books! Can never have too many!

Bonnie Hunt June 2, 2014, 8:04 pm

Horticulture is my passion, good landscape design is my dream. I would be happy to receive any of these books. Eventually I will borrow them all through my public library. Thanks you, authors for sharing!

Adam Migliorisi June 2, 2014, 9:00 pm

I am in love with each and every one of these books. Being a full time college student with 3 children, some of these books could really be invaluable to me and recently buying our very first home, there is a blank slate in my backyard that all the other books would be put to great use for. Gardening and landscaping are and have always been a passion and pastime for me since I was a little boy with my grandmother and mom and now with my own children and hopefully theirs one day too…

Kelly June 2, 2014, 9:41 pm

I’m a librarian by day, gardener by weekend. I’d take any one of those fabulous books!

Carol Yemola June 2, 2014, 10:14 pm

Would love to win one of these fantastic books. Many thanks to all the authors for making this one great, fun celebration!

Audrey June 2, 2014, 10:52 pm

I love the GGW site and share all the information and interesting posts with my gardening buddies. Would just love to get one of these great new gardening books- you can never have too many!

Julie Kort June 2, 2014, 10:57 pm

Looking forward to several of these new books. My continual pursuit is furthering my joy of gardening. Always open to new( as well as old) influences.

Anna June 3, 2014, 1:41 am

More gardening books than I could possibly read are already scattered around my home, but this is irresistible!

Marsha Bundman June 3, 2014, 3:12 am

I am relatively new to GGW; I find it thought-provoking, motivating, and adventerous! Miriam Goldberger’s “Taming Wildflowers” has captured my interest.

jeanie skibiski June 3, 2014, 5:46 am

I’ve been reading the GGW blog for years, unique ideas. Dee Nash’s blog- Red Dirt Ramblings is close to my home and garden style here in SW Mo, heat, drought, rocks and clay challenge the gardener in me!

Helen Yoest @ Plants With Benefits June 3, 2014, 5:52 am

What a great idea to kick off summer and your new bodacious blog theme. Thanks for including Plants With Benefits : An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press). It’s a pleasure and honor to be with the other 6 great books.

Judy Lynn June 3, 2014, 7:40 am

I am an Ole gardener but am in process of starting something new in my upper yard!!Was so excited when I saw the list of new books~~as if I didn’t have enough !! Can’t wait to digest the new information !!

linda thames June 3, 2014, 8:01 am

Oh my word what lovely books. It would be a delight to win anyone of these.

Margaret Wilkie June 3, 2014, 8:07 am

We got fewer wild bees pollinators this spring. I pollinated my indoor citrus, out for a summer vacation, myself because my old buddy bees were not around in numbers. I keep hoping it was the cold winter and slow spring, I feel called to build a more effective ecosystem in my own little space. If you build it, they will come.

Lorinda Dodge June 3, 2014, 9:02 am

Fran,you have inspired me to just behold or create certain little vignettes, in my own yard, I have saved so many photos, in my inspiration files for the future. I love GGW, I found it only early last year, even finding my way to several other garden blogs from here. Having a serious gardening addiction, for which there is no intervention, many orthopedic surgeries have not stopped me. Including 2 spinal fusions; a 17 year old C-5,6,7 fusion, and a long segment spinal fusion (from my pelvis to the sacrum to the level of my armpits) with an illeac fixation last Feb. My collection of gardening books include all of my father’s books, even his old set of gardening encyclopedias, and about 35 years worth of my own books. I am inspired by a writer friend and fellow gardener to write about my own gardens. I have moved so many times starting over, and bring many of my favorite and “keepsake” plants with me. In the midst of doing it again, I already moved a trailer load 750 miles away, dispersed certain favorite plants to my neighbors, (as I am leaving zone 7 back to zone 4 or 5) adding to the plants I have already passed around or forced on them. I am known as the crazy garden lady, as they stop on their walks, as I stop or half chase them down the street to give them some of whatever I am dividing or pulling up that day. I eat sleep and breath gardening as most any other avid gardeners do. I will be displaced with my plants for an undetermined amount of time, so my next and last garden must be a zen place for me, and be my garden heaven, because, I just can’t do it again. I would love to have either book, can’t wait to read them. I devour the garden bites and so enjoy the little paths I get to take from GGW.

Claire Standish June 3, 2014, 9:06 am

What a wonderful selection! Thanks!

Darlene Pilarski June 3, 2014, 9:07 am

I am a new gardener learning by listening to Jessica Walliser and moving to the burbs has been a big trip to this 50 year city girl. Mulch- compost thanks for being one of the guiding lights to the 101 gardeners.

Sharon Alexander June 3, 2014, 9:30 am

I just love gardening books. Just to look at the beautiful pictures calms and relaxes me. I always tell my husband that I love to play in the dirt. I love the smell of it and the feeling of it in my hands. LOL!! Gardening and plants are my first love!!

PatriciaHarmon June 3, 2014, 10:09 am

I listen to you and Doug each Sunday morning while dressing for church. The books would give me some needed knowledge in gardening.

Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern June 3, 2014, 10:11 am

I love love love books and am always looking for a new one to add to my “gardening” library which is becoming quite a collection. Truly wonderful titles here.

Lorinda Dodge June 3, 2014, 10:18 am

Fran, I hope my first comment was not too long, I will edit it if necessary. I would just like a chance to win either book, “Paradise in plain sight or Heaven is a Garden. Thank you for GGW, look forward to each week.

Gina Bianchi June 3, 2014, 10:29 am

I am new to GGW! Would love a new gardening book to inspire me!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

Jennie Brooks June 3, 2014, 10:36 am

I love the story of the avocado. Luckily, since I’m single, the avocado does not have the intended effect on me. That could get me into a lot of trouble. HA!

Valinda June 3, 2014, 11:02 am

Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Linda J Walker June 3, 2014, 2:43 pm

A great bunch of books!

Jackie Love June 3, 2014, 2:59 pm

Books, Books, Books – you can never have enough gardening books! Love the posts on GGW – thank you so much for the inspiration.

Jenifer W June 3, 2014, 4:07 pm

I found your blog, and I’m in LOVE! Such inspiration. I’d love a book to keep me going throughout gardening season.

Mel June 3, 2014, 6:43 pm

How fortunate that I was linked to Maezen’s Facebook page to find out about your blog. What a treasure! I shall look forward to following you in the future.

Shane Kaufman June 3, 2014, 7:29 pm

That’s an amazing selection of books. Fingers crossed.

Judith Rogers June 3, 2014, 9:31 pm

A nice collection of books to introduce to readers. I have Taming Wildflowers and really like it.

Cheryl Jones June 3, 2014, 9:49 pm

I just signed up for GGW per Dee Nash’s referral. Wow, what a lot of good info is available here! Looking forward to learning more to enhance my gardening endeavors.

Carol June 3, 2014, 10:26 pm

Since becoming an “older gardener,” it gives me great pleasure to “garden”
through reading books. This selection will keep me busy gardening for quite a while. Thank you! Will definitely let my facebook group know about your wonderful offer.

Carol June 3, 2014, 10:38 pm

As an “older gardener,” I do a lot of my gardening now through gardening books. Thanks for providing a great selection to keep me busy! Will pass on your celebration news.

Audrey June 4, 2014, 12:58 am

I would love to win a book! My very first garden is growing and I’m enjoying it so much. Gardening has become my new hobby and passion!

Cathy June 4, 2014, 1:53 am

What wonderful books! A hearty thank you to all of the authors who shared them.

On another note, I am probably the lone dissenter but I really don’t like the new design of the web site. Garden’s are colorful… this is totally black and white. I miss the artwork and the color. When everything is black and white, nothing stands out, and it’s harder to find the things I need.
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Melissa June 4, 2014, 5:37 am

So many great titles! I will add these to my “winter reading list” since my summers are spent in the garden.

Raj Expedith June 4, 2014, 7:23 am

Being a Landscape Architect I do have a lovely collection of books. Do let me know of the books you have and their cost. Thank you. Regards, Raj Expedith.
Address:
Raj Expedith
78, Text Book Colony,
Cantonment,
Secunderabad 500 009
India

hope June 4, 2014, 8:10 am

Thank you for the chance to win one of these delightful books.

Cindy June 4, 2014, 9:01 am

I’ve added all to my summer reading wish list. Thank you!

Peggy June 4, 2014, 9:56 am

Gardens are my sanctuary. I love being in them, hands in soil, and reading about them as well. Lots of inspiration here.

MJ June 4, 2014, 11:11 am

I learned from my Grandma that “her garden was her refuge” and the older I get the more I understand what she meant. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these books and for a delightful reading list for the summer season of gardening.

Darlene June 4, 2014, 12:05 pm

Well..I can always use another gardening book and I have a lot of native/wildflowers so would love to win that one!!

Vidya Sury June 4, 2014, 12:40 pm

Fran, the new site design is stunning. What a master stroke to keep the header so elegant! I found the home page a visual delight – easy to navigate and so neat.

Love the book list! If you ship to India, I’d be privileged to receive :D

Thanks and big love to you!
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Katina June 4, 2014, 12:57 pm

Ooooo, so many books that look awesome. I’ll have to add them to my ever-growing “to be read” pile.
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Susan June 4, 2014, 2:43 pm

I never get tired of gardening books. I learn something new every time I look through them.

Kathryn Tobias June 4, 2014, 3:57 pm

They all look wonderful. I usually only buy hard-back gardening books for gifts…to other people. This would be a gift for me!

Carol Manahan June 4, 2014, 4:15 pm

I follow this blog, and get a lot of ideas for gardens, photography, and travel. These books all look great!

Donna June 4, 2014, 5:55 pm

I enjoyed learning the genesis of these books and a bit about the authors. Nice idea!

Morella Ann Bareham June 4, 2014, 6:07 pm

….with arms wide open…???? ~ smiling. M

Amy Collins June 4, 2014, 6:35 pm

I love books!!!!

Martie Brown June 4, 2014, 9:00 pm

All the books sound great. Am going to
e-mail my master gardener friends.

Lori Robin Wilson June 4, 2014, 9:16 pm

Bought so many gardening books this year and can NOT believe I didn’t snatch up a single one of these amazing gems! Each one seems to offer something so unique. Only one thing I like better than reading about gardening and that’s getting my hands out there in the dirt. Thank for this list.

Sara June 4, 2014, 9:52 pm

I’m really excited about all the books here… Am a newbie to gardening, so need all the help I can get! (PS: having trouble getting signed up for your email list but will keep trying)

Katie O'Connor June 4, 2014, 11:02 pm

I enjoy reading posts on GGW and all of these books look amazing! I would love to own all of them!

Andrea Clark June 5, 2014, 9:05 am

Thank you for posting these beautiful books and letting us “peek” into the minds and souls of these authors regarding their creations. “Taming Wildflowers” especially calls to me and I would love to learn how to bring the medicinal and aesthetic/spiritual benefits of wildflowers to my home and garden. I guess sprinkling a packet of wildflower seeds on my hill in my backyard is not quite good enough! I’m not sure that any of them came up. But, I do have some beautiful native wildflowers and grasses that have come up on their own. Wildflowers transform me.

JamieK June 5, 2014, 9:47 am

wow, what a great little library these books would make. Especially for a gal like me who has a lot to learn!! Thanks for the opportunity.
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Amanda June 5, 2014, 10:20 am

I am so excited to have found this website. I have read Karen Maezen Miller’s Paradise in Plan Sight (fantastic!) and can’t wait to dive into the rest of these.

Donn June 5, 2014, 7:46 pm

I’m interested in learning more about gardening to decide if it’s something I want to take up. I’m one of Karen Maezen Miller’s fans, and I’m glad her book has led me to this site. Thanks!
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Rose June 6, 2014, 8:03 am

I’d love to be entered in this giveaway! I just purchased Miriam’s book on wildflowers and plan to order a couple of copies of Dee’s book for my daughters, but any one of these sound like fascinating reading.
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Fran Sorin June 8, 2014, 5:07 am

Dear Lorinda- With the multitude of mail received with this post, I am only now getting around to responding to yours. Your undying passion for gardening is palpable and inspirational. I love the personal information and stories you shared – and appreciate the time you took to write them. Wear your crown of being known as ‘the crazy garden lady’ proudly (which I think you already do). Warmly, Fran
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