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Dear Friend and Gardener

Book Reviews

Ever since the commonweeder was born in 2007 I have had the honor and pleasure of reviewing many books. I am putting those book reviews on this page so that when you are in need of a certain kind of information, or looking for a gift book, these might be helpful to you. It will take a while to get all the reviews listed  with a link to the full review. Be patient.

Weeds of the Northeast by Richard Uva, Joseph Neal and Joseph DiTomaso 

Roses: A Celebration edited by Wayne Winterrowd.

Native Ferns, Moss and Grasses by William Cullina

A Child’s Garden: 60 ideas to make any garden come alive for children by Molly Dannenmaier.

The Little Bulbs: A Tale of Two Gardens by Elizabeth Lawrence

Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways by Debra Prinzing

Gardener’s Latin: Discovering the Origins, Lore & Meanings of Botanical Names by Bill Neal with an introduction by Barbara Damrosch

Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season into Autumn by Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen with photographs by Rob Cardillo

Don’t Throw It, Grow It: 68 Windowsill Plants from Kitchen Scraps by Deborah Peterson and Millicent Selsam

Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping and Colorful Low-Maintenance Ground Covers by Barbara Ellis

 Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love by Julie Moir Messervy 

The Perennial Care Manual:  A Plant by Plant Guide – What to Do and When to Do It. by Nancy J. Ondra 

WICKED PLANTS: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

 The Short History of the Honey Bee by E. Readicker-Henderson,  

The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf 

Right Rose Right Place: 359 Choices for Beds, Borders, Hedges and Screens, Containers, Fences, Trellises, and More by Peter Schneider

Bloom-Again Orchids: 50 Easy Care Orchids that Flower Again and Again and Again by Judy White

The Gardener’s Color Palette: Paint Your Garden with 100Extraordinary Flower Choices by Tom Fischer

Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks by Sharon Lovejoy

Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History  by Diana Wells

The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot  by Chip Brantley

 Windowsill Art: Creating one-of-a-kind natural arrangements to celebrate the seasons  by Nancy Ross Hugo

 Gardens in Detail: 100 Contemporary Designs by Emma Reuss

 Hellstrip Gardening: Create a paradise between the sidewalk  and the  curb by Evelyn Hadden.

 Heaven is a Garden: Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection  by Jan Johnsen

Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside  by  Andrea di Robilant

How Carrots Won the Trojan War by Rebecca Rupp

Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin

The Year Round Vegetable Gardener by Nikki Jabour

 Month by Month Gardening – New England by Charlie Nardozzi

Growing the Northeast Garden by Andrew Keys

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening by Jodi Torpey

Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

 The Fruit Gardener’s Bible by Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry

Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph

Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass by Maria Colletti

The Indestructible Houseplant by Tovah Martin

 The Unexpected Houseplant by Tovah Martin