Answer: Gardening for Dummies (don t take that name personally!), by Michael MacCaskey (IDG Books, 1996) is a great, all-around reference book especially helpful for new gardeners. (Other books in the series include Roses for Dummies and Perennials for Dummies )<br><br> Taylor s Master Guide to Gardening , edited by Frances Tenenbaum (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994) is a 600+ page tome with beautiful color photographs and descriptions of lots of different landscape plants. It is more expensive, but makes a great coffee table book as well as a valuable reference.<br><br>There are lots of great books on vegetable gardening--I like Rodale Press s Garden Answers: Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs , edited by Fern Marshall Bradley (Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA, 1995)<br><br>Why not browse your local library and/or bookstore to see what strikes your fancy?
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