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Better homes and gardens gardening made simple : the complete step-by-step guide to gardening / [Kate Carter Frederick, editor] – Whether you’re a beginner looking for a basic guide to plants, garden tools, and techniques or a seasoned gardener searching for new project ideas, you’ll find everything you need in this book. It’s chock-full of easy-to-follow instructions, with more than 1,200 colorful photographs to show you how to achieve success with your landscape and edible gardens without a lot of fuss. Gardening has never been this simple, or this fun!

Everyday Monet : a Giverny-inspired gardening and lifestyle guide to living your best impressionist life / Aileen Bordman, text and primary photography – Monet’s garden, home, and paintings provide inspiration for styling any home–from floral arrangements to dinners to decor and beyond. Whether you are working with a large rural garden or a windowsill in a city apartment, this stunning book is filled with practical tips that will allow you to beautifully emulate Monet’s lifestyle, both inside and outside of your home. Author Aileen Bordman takes you on a magnificent tour of Monet’s home, from the garden to the various rooms to the kitchen. It includes step-by-step instructions on how to grow your own water lilies, roses, tulips, and poppies; how to create a Monet-inspired picnic with delicious recipes; and how to decorate even a bathroom with glimmers of Monet, among many other easy-to-implement ideas.

Garden renovation : transform your tired yard into the garden of your dreams / Bobbie Schwartz – Gardens, just like houses, sometimes need makeovers. The changes can be as minor as replacing a shrub or as major as pulling everything up and starting from scratch. No matter the size of your space or the scope of the project, the sage advice in Garden Renovation will help you turn a problem-filled yard into a paradise. Bobbie Schwartz draws on her years of experience as a garden designer to teach gardeners how to evaluate their yards, determine what to keep and what to remove, choose the right plants and design plans for successful remodels, and know when to hire help. A gallery of before-and-after photos provides ideas and inspiration for turning a tired garden into an enlivening retreat.

Growing heirloom flowers : bring the vintage beauty of heritage blooms to your modern garden / Chris McLaughlin – Heirloom flowers have stood the test of time. Prized for their beauty, scent, hardiness, or other star qualities, these vintage varieties continue to capture our imaginations and decorate our gardens long after they first came to be. These flowers have experience, and now you can enjoy the experience of growing them. In Growing Heirloom Flowers, author Chris McLaughlin takes you on a tour of these alluring blooms, covering the benefits, challenges, growing requirements, and everything else you need to know about more than forty heirloom flowers. Along the way, she offers tips, tricks, and creative projects for making the most of your heirloom garden, from arranging and preserving to dyes, drinks, and more. With a wealth of information and stunning full-color photography, this book is the perfect guide to adding heirloom beauty to your life.

Harvest : unexpected projects using 47 extraordinary garden plants / Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis – Offers a seasonal guide to growing, harvesting, and using garden plants in a variety of craft projects and recipes, including wreaths, flower arrangements, dyes, herbal teas, salads, medicines, and beauty products.

Martha’s flowers : a practical guide to growing, gathering, and enjoying / Martha Stewart with Kevin Sharkey – Martha Stewart’s lifelong love of flowers began at a young age, as she dug in and planted alongside her father in their family garden, growing healthy, beautiful blooms, every year. The indispensable lessons she learned then–and those she has since picked up from master gardeners–form the best practices she applies to her voluminous flower gardens today. For the first time, she compiles the wisdom of a lifetime spent gardening into a practical yet inspired book. Learn how and when to plant, nurture, and at the perfect time, cut from your garden. With lush blooms in hand, discover how to build stunning arrangements. Accompanied by beautiful photographs of displays in Martha’s home, bursting with ideas, and covering every step from seed to vase, Martha’s Flowers is a must-have handbook for flower gardeners and enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Michigan month-by-month gardening : what to do each month to have a beautiful garden all year / Melinda Myers – Complete with specific advice on growing flowers (both annuals and perennials), bulbs, grasses, roses, groundcovers, shrubs, trees, and vines, this book is one no garden lover will want to miss! You’ll find advice on the best way to get the most beautiful flowers, the lushest lawns, and the sturdiest trees. From planting to watering and fertilizing, and from maintenance to problem solving, this book shows all levels of gardeners the best practices to grow satisfying and rewarding results.

The new organic grower : a master’s manual of tools and techniques for the home and market gardener / Eliot Coleman – Inspired by the European intensive growers, [this book] offers a very approachable and productive form of farming that has proven to work well for the earth and its stewards for centuries. Gardeners working on 2.5 acres or less will find this book especially useful, as it offers proof that small-scale market growers and serious home gardeners can live good lives close to the land and make a profit at the same time.

Niki Jabbour’s veggie garden remix / by Niki Jabbour – Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of 224 plants from around the world. With her lively Like this? Then try this! approach, Jabbour encourages you to start with what you know and expand your repertoire to try related plants, many of which are delicacies in other cultures. Jabbour presents detailed growing information for each plant, along with fun facts and plant history. Be prepared to have your mind expanded and catch Jabbour’s contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the garden.

A tapestry garden : the art of weaving plants and place / Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne – Marietta and Ernie OByrnes gardensituated on one and a half acres in Eugene, Oregonis filled with an incredible array of plants from around the world. By consciously leveraging the gardens many microclimates, they have created a stunning patchwork of exuberant plants that is widely considered one of Americas most outstanding private gardens.

Weeds in the urban landscape : where they come from, why they’re here, and how to live with them / Richard Orlando – A comprehensive identification guide to 189 common weeds in the urban environment, explaining their families and characteristics, with strategies for managing their presence in the garden and fields. This engaging field guide for the urban explorer, gardener, or armchair enthusiast traces the history of weeds as they migrated out of the Middle East with human tribes and spread across Europe and the Americas, details the folklore surrounding them, and explains their role in the evolution of agriculture and human civilizations as well as their many uses for medicine, food, animal fodder, and soil enhancement. Abundant illustrations enhance the text and facilitate plant identification as well as a detailed explanation of Integrated Pest Management, make this an essential reference for anyone with an interest in the world outside our doors.

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