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.

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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.



Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst5 years ago

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

Elaya Raja
Elaya Raja5 years ago


Angie B.
Angela B5 years ago

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

Olga Lustosa
Olga Lustosa5 years ago

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

Olga Lustosa
Olga Lustosa5 years ago

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

Christa D.


greenplanet e.
greenplanet e5 years ago


Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

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!

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

John B.
John B5 years ago

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