New Books: 2018

Peg’s Picks: Gardening Books

This is my monthly compilation of new gardening books based on notices from publishers and news from colleagues and authors. This is not meant to represent all gardening books but certainly provides one an idea of the variety of gardening books that are published in the United States on a monthly basis. Use this list to keep abreast of current trends and practices as well as a resource for gifts.

June 2018

Gardening Under Lights: The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers by Leslie F. Halleck, Timber Press

Life in the Garden: A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 2017 by Penelope Lively, Penguin Books

The Herbalist’s Kitchen: Cooking and Healing with Herbs by Pat Crocker, Sterling Epicure (Sterling Publishing)

Decorative Terrarium: 47 Beautiful Ideas Created with Succulents, Air Plants, Moss and Orchids by Sueko Katsuji, Nippan IPS

In the Garden Compendium by E.H.M. Cox, Manic D Press

Countertop Gardens: Easily Grow Kitchen Edibles Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment by Shelley Lewis, Quarto/Cool Springs Press

May 2018

Growing Heirloom Flowers by Chris McLaughlin, The Quarto Group

Houseplants for a Healthy Home by Jon VanZile, Adams Media, Simon and Schuster

A Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place by Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne, Timber Press

Hot Color, Dry Garden: Inspiring Designs and Vibrant Plants for the Waterwise Gardener by Nan Sterman, Timber Press

Miniature Terrariums: Tiny Glass Container Gardens Using Easy-to-Grow Plants and Inexpensive Glassware by Fourwords (the green shop division of Acutus Interiors), Tuttle Publishing

Plant Style: How to Greenify Your Space by Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal, Thames and Hudson

April 2018

The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden by Lee Reich, New Society Publishers

Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future by Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt, New Society Publishers

Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide by Jane Hurwitz, Princeton University Press

The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables: the Enchanting Island that Inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery by Catherine Reid, Timber Press

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving and Using Herbs by Amy K. Fewell, Lyons Press

Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants by Laureen Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan, Smith Street Books

Heroes of Horticulture: Americans Who Transformed the Landscape by Barbara Paul Robinson, David R. Godine Publisher

Words from the Garden: A Collection of Beautiful Poetry, Prose and Quotations by Isobel Carlson, Summersdale Publishers

Nature by Design: The Practice of Biophilic Design by Stephen R. Kellert, Yale Unversity Press

March 2018

Design Your Garden Toolkit: Visualize the Perfect Combination for Your Yard by Michelle Gervais, Storey Publishing

Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life by Emily Murphy, Firefly Publishing

City Green: Public Gardens of New York by Jane Garmey, photographs by Mick Hales, The Monacelli Press

Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth A. Dauncy and Sonny Larsson, Princeton University Press

The Garden in Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin and photographs by Kindra Clineff, Timber Press

Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting For Beauty and Bounty by Lisa Mason Ziegler, Cool Springs Press

A Year in the Garden: 365 Inspirational Gardens and Gardening Tips by Gisela Keil and Thomas Hagen, photographs by Jurgen Becker, Prestel Publishing

The Cocktail Gardener: Botanical Cocktails for Every Season by Ed Loveday (author) and Adriana Picker (illustrator), Hardie Grant Publishing

The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People by Amy Stross, Twisted Creek Press

Sprouts, Shoots, and Microgreens: Tiny Plants to Grow and Eat in Your Kitchen by Linda Wallentinson and Lennart Weibull, Skyhorse Publishing

Straw Bale Solutions: Creative Tips for Growing Vegetables in Bales at Home, in Community Gardens, and Around the World by Joel Karsten, Cool Springs Press

February 2018

Practical Houseplant Book by Zia Allaway and Fran Bailey, DK Publishing

Grow Something Different to Eat: Weird and Wonderful Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables for Your Garden by Matthew Biggs, DK Publishing

How to Window Box: Small-space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit (founders of The Horticult, a blog), Penguin Random House

Our Native Bees: America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them by Paige Embry, Timber Press

Designing with Palms by Jason Dewees and Photographs by Caitlin Atkinson, Timber Press

The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard by Susan Morrison, Timber Press

The Flower-Powered Garden: Supercharge Your Borders and Containers with Bold Colorful Plant Combinations by Andy Vernon, Timber Press

Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Outdoor Plants by the authors of Cool Springs Press (eight authors)

Veggie Garden Remix: 224 New Plants to Shake up Your Garden and Add Variety of Flavor and Fun by Niki Jabbour, Storey Publishing

The Budget-Wise Gardener with Hundreds of Money-Saving Buying and Design Tips for Planting the Best for Less by Kerry Ann Mendez, St. Lynn’s Press

Garden Builder: Complete Plans for Outdoor Projects You Can Build by Joanne Moser, Cool Springs Press

January 2018

The Bonsai Beginner’s Bible: The Definitive Guide to Choosing and Growing Bonsai by Peter Chan, publisher is Mitchell Beazley

The New Seed-Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel and Jean Nick, revised, publisher is Rodale Books

Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: the Indispensable Green Source for Every Gardener edited by Fern Marshall Brady, Barbara W. Ellis, and Ellen Phillips with Deborah L. Martin, publisher is Rodale Books

An Abundance of Flowers: More Great Flower Breeders of the Past by Judith M. Taylor, publisher is Swallow Press

The Colorful Dry Garden: Over 100 Flowers and Vibrant Plants for Drought, Desert and Dry Times by Maureen Gilmer, publisher is Sasquatch Books