Inland Northwest, High Desert
Rosa Rugosa, by Suzanne Verrier (Capability Books, 1991; $20) is the rose book I recommend to rose growers again and again in this region. As noted on the back cover, well-known horticulturist and author Henry Mitchell said, "The chief danger of this book is that the gardener will be tempted to grow every rose mentioned in it." Enough said.
When you hear, "Mom, I need to do a science report!" send the kids to the Mississippi State University Extension Web site. They'll find tons of information on insects, pesticides, plant diseases, and more. The site puts agricultural and 4-H information at your kids' fingertips.