Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gifts for Gardeners...

Selecting Christmas gifts is a task I don't really enjoy. It's difficult to find something that's meaningful to a person at a price that doesn't blow the budget. Also - since we travel over the holidays, our gifts have to fit in a suitcase or be shipped. These are all excellent reasons why books make a great gift - especially for anyone interested in gardening.

One of the challenges in selecting a gardening book is that there are literally thousands on the market. I "snicker" a bit when I see books discussing lilacs and tulips or read about gardening techniques in Vermont. These books have pretty pictures but the information is usually not well adapted to our area.

To help narrow down the choices I've put together a list of some of my favorite gardening books. All of these are available, on-line, from the Galveston Gardening Bookstore. As an Associate GG offers these items at competitive prices. PLUS - there are some pretty good deals going on right now. One of the things I like best about shopping Amazon on-line is that we can have all of our purchases shipped to our Christmas destination. A big plus when your packing for a long trip.

This list contains a little something for everyone. If you don't see what you're looking for check out the entire bookstore - with over 60 titles.

The Vegetable Book by Sam Cotner
Pretty much the Bible for vegetable gardening in Texas.

Growing Fruits & Nuts in the South by Wm Adams & Tom LeRoy.
Bill and Tom were Extension agents in the Houston area for many years. Excellent choice.

 Texas Garden Almanac by Doug Welsh
A month by month gardening guide for Texas.

 Southern Herb Growing by Madalene Hill, et al
Madalene Hill is considered by many as "the" Texas herb authority. 


Touring Texas Gardens by Jesse Gunn
Great reference for road trips.

Perennial Garden Color by Bill Welch
Considered "the" comprehensive book on perennials for our area.

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