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5 Inspiring Books for the Gardener & Produce Lover

5 Inspiring Books for the Gardener & Produce Lover

From tomatoes growing on the vine in the heart of the city to legendary landscape artists creating outdoor masterpieces, these five reads will take you away and feed inspiration for the cultivated life.

For more resources on the outdoors, visit Gardenista.

Above: ‘Rainbow’, ‘Rhubarb’, and ‘Swiss’ Chard from Heritage Fruits & Vegetables.

Above: Full of some of the richest, most vibrant images, Heritage Fruits & Vegetables offers gardeners and produce enthusiasts detailed accounts of the history of various fruits and vegetables, including facts about their evolution and cultivation.


Above: Written in diary format, Annie’s Garden to Table by Annie Smithers (Penguin Books Australia) is a resource that shares insights, seasonal recipes and keen advice on making your garden thrive. Smithers is a popular chef, author and restauranteur in Australia who believes in only eating the freshest, closest produce available.  To learn more about Annie, visit Gardenista‘s post From Farm to Table with Annie Smithers.

Above: An inspiring read for all city dwellers: Urban gardener Alex Mitchell proves that even the smallest, most limited spaces can boast a healthy garden. In her book The Edible Balcony, Mitchell gives examples and offers tips on how to grow produce on a balcony, fire escape, terrace or other small city area. To learn more about Mitchell, visit Gardenista‘s post Required Reading: The Edible Balcony.

Above: In his book The Private Oasis: The Landscape Architecture and Garden Design of Edmund Hollander and Maryanne Connelly, Philip Langdon dedicates 350 pages of stunning images of the work of NY-based landscape architects Edmund Hollander and Maryanne Connelly. Both highly revered in the world of landscape design, Hollander and Connelly have produced some of the most influential gardens and yards, proving that the true essence of a home extends outside its wall.

Above: With contributions from eighteen writers, Central Park: An Anthology is a vibrant collections of memorable essays that are sure to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia and happiness for anyone who has spent time in this beloved city park. It exudes a magic all of its own, very much like the city itself.


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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


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5:36AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

thanks for sharing... gardening is very good therapy..... working witrh something that LIVES

2:29AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012


3:46PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Gardening is good for the soul!! I've spent many happy hours lost in my garden and my thoughts.

9:34AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Gardening besides being good for nature must also be good for the soul. I need to pay more attention to it. Soon!

9:33AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Gardening must be something good for nature and also for the soul! I need to pay more attention to it.

9:35PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012


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4:09PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Very interesting as gardening is not only a treat to eat your own grown vegetables but, I believe in the VERY near future, an enormous necessity!

12:28PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:20AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Thanks for posting the list. e first three I will check out of my local library not sure about the last two though.

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