Guest Author - Diana Pederson
Donna Dawson and Laura Peters. Best Garden Plants for Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing. 2005.
Marianne Binetti and Don Williamson. Best Garden Plants for British Columbia. Lone Pine Publishing. 2005.
Marianne Binetti and Don Williamson. Best Garden Plants for Washington and Oregon. Lone Pine Publishing. 2005.
Lone Pine has introduced a new series called “Best Garden Plants for XXX” that will eventually cover all of Canada and the United States. I like this series of books for several important reasons. These are discussed later in this article.
Each guide starts with an introduction to gardening techniques and a brief description of the basic groups of plants such as annuals, herbs, perennials, etc. Following the introduction, annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, roses, vines, bulbs, herbs and ornamental grasses including foliar plants and ferns are given separate sections. Each section has an assigned color edge making it easy to find the desired section.
Information on growing, tips, and recommended varieties are listed for each plant discussed. This is beneficial for those determining which plants will survive in their garden. The information presented is accurate, well written and easy to understand. The accompanying pictures are outstanding.
My particular reasons for enjoying this new series of Lone Pine gardening books in general include the quality of the book’s paper and binding. They are made to be used for many years. The print size is easy on the eyes – too many field guides are printed in small type that makes it difficult to focus on descriptions out in the field or in your garden. These books include the very best garden plants for each Province or State in one guide – this one book is easier to carry with you than individual books on perennials, trees and shrubs, roses, or annuals.
A new gardener could take just this one book and plan a beautiful garden with plants suited for their particular geographical area. Experienced gardeners will find them equally valuable, particularly when redesigning a garden or moving to a new location. I have nothing but high praise for these books.
The books can be purchased at many major garden centers throughout Canada and the United States. I’ve been purposefully taking note of which centers in my hometown carry them so I can refer my neighbors to the appropriate stores. Alternatively, you can purchase them through Amazon.com using the links below.
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