Garden book meme via Cold Climate Gardening. I might have to come back and update it after more thought. And put in some links!

February 27th, 2006
Garden Book Meme

I’ll take up the challenge thrown down by Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening via Chan at Bookish Gardener.

  1. Total Number of Gardening Books I Own:I count 96 that I can get to right now and probably another 20 or 30 in the back room that I can’t get to because of our kitchen deconstruction project.
  2. Name five of your favorite gardening books:
    • Passalong Plants.
    • Collected essays by Henry Mitchell. Essential Earthman and On Gardening.
    • A Woman’s Hardy Garden. Helena Rutherford Ely. This book and the catalog from Select Seeds helped me fall in love with old-fashioned flowers.
    • The Rose Bible. Rayford C. Reddell.
    • Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education. Michael Pollan.
  3. What was the last gardening book you bought (or brought home from the library)? Garden Lunacy: A Growing Concern. When I saw it in the library, I thought the title sounded familiar. Then I remembered, Art Wolk asked if he could reprint one of my anecdotes. And yep, he included it in his book along with my name and this website. Cool!
  4. What was the last gardening book you read? Texas Gardening the Natural Way: The Complete Handbook. Howard Garrett. I found the style to be a bit grating. I prefer his Texas Bug Book.
  5. List five books that have been particularly meaningful to you:
    • The Rodale Herb Book. The very first gardening book I ever bought: 30 years ago.
    • Garden Bulbs for the South. Scott Ogden. Started me on my obsession fo. heirloom bulbs for the south like Tulipa clusiana and oxblood lilies.
    • Roses in the Southern Garden. G. Michael Shoup. Started me on my obsession for heirloom roses for the south.
    • A Southern Garden and Gardens in Winter. Elizabeth Lawrence.
    • We Made a Garden. Margery Fish.
  6. Name three gardening books you’ve been dying to read but just haven’t gotten around to it: These are books I own that I’ve never gotten around to reading.
    • Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers. Sharman Apt Russell.
    • A Gardener Obsessed. Geoffrey B Charlesworth.
  7. What gardening books would you most want to have on hand when shut up in the house by a blizzard? Kathy added this. My initial response was, “Blizzard? What’s a blizzard. These are all books that get me in the mood.
    • The Gardener’s Year. Karel Capek.
    • Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden.
    • For Love of a Rose.
    • Tottering in My Garden.
    • Thomas Jefferson: The Garden and Farm Books.
    • Tasha Tudor’s Garden. Tovah Martin. Made me fall in love with the idea of gardening.