Gardens Galore!

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There's a garden for everyone! Our May book list features books with advice for beginners and pros, as well as interesting accounts about living with plants and nature.

DB078428 The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities Will Allen Former NBA player and KFC executive describes how he transformed an abandoned lot into a sustainable urban farm Sociology, Gardening, Autobiography, Medicine and Health 
DB072645 The New Low-Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It Valerie Easton Advice for simplified gardening, including working with nature, containers, banishing weeds, etc.  Gardening
DB069824 The New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature Tovah Martin How to connect with nature by creating small enclosed indoor gardens Gardening, Botany
DB062130 Theresa Youssef's Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Theresa Youssef Basic guide for planning, instructions for 22 vegetables and herbs Gardening, Download Only
DB072840 Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older Sydney Eddison Strategies to reduce workload and enjoy gardening Aging and Retirement, Gardening
DB054750 The Ultimate Container Gardener: All You Need to Know to Create Plantings for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter Stephanie Donaldson Explains year-round cultivation of flowers and herbs, indoors and outside Gardening, Download Only
DB070025 A Kid's Guide to Container Gardening Stephanie Bearce How to grow any plant in any container Juvenile Grades 3-6, Gardening
DB078475 Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots: Gardening Together with Children Sharon Lovejoy Guide for parents and kids: 12 theme gardens, container tips, home remedies Juvenile Grades 4-7, Gardening, Food and Food History
DB061755 This Common Ground: Seasons on an Organic Farm Scott Chaskey Poet and educator reflects on spending a year at a community garden, challenges facing small farmers, connecting with nature  Gardening, Download Only
DB069996 Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting RJ Ruppenthal Tips for gardening in non-traditional spaces. Also discusses raising chickents and bees, and making fermented foods Gardening, Agriculture, Food and Food History
DB074829 American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens across America Michelle Obama First Lady discusses garden she planted, plants, chores, recipes, and history of gardening Gardening, Food and Food History
DB076330 The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening and Life  Margaret Roach Memoir provides lessons learned from decades working on acreage in upstate New York Gardening, Philosophy
DB035814 Landscaping with Wildflowers: An Environmental Approach to Gardening Jim Wilson PBS host explains how use native plants to resist disease and pests while attracting birds and butterflies Gardening, Download Only
DB052241 Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools, and Plants Janeen Adil Tips for adaptive gardening methods: containers, raised beds, verticals, tools, and plants Gardening, Disability Interest 
DB078620 Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants Jane Goodall Naturalist explores her family garden and forests in Africa, includes botanists and seed preservation Botany, Gardening, Nature
DB043253 Enabling Garden: A Guide to Lifelong Gardening Gene Rothert Barrier-free gardening: ability assessment, tools, design, plants Gardening, Disability Interest, Aging and Retirement, Download Only
DB056839 Rodale's Garden Answers: Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs; At-a-Glance Solutions for Every Gardening Problem Fern Marshall Bradley Organic quick reference guide for causes/symptoms of common problems, provides regional/seasonal tips Gardening, Download Only
DB069712 Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping with Colorful, Low-Maintenance Ground Covers Barbara Ellis Use vines, spreaders, shrubs, flowers to edge, add interest, and create natural lawn alternatives Gardening