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Question by acalvo
October 29, 1997
What book in your opinion is the best all around source of info on annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and basic gardening/landscaping?

Answer from NGA
October 29, 1997
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 )

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.

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)

Why not browse your local library and/or bookstore to see what strikes your fancy?

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