Garden Book Meme

– Posted in: Book reviews, Miscellaneous

Ever since the Bookish Gardener posted this meme on her blog, I’ve wanted to try it, but with the additional twist of limiting it to gardening books. Then Judith of knitagarden tagged me, and I figured if I’m ever going to get around to it, winter is the time. It seems there are two versions of the same meme, so I’m going to combine them.

  1. Total Number of Gardening Books I Own: If I didn’t miss any books when cataloging them on Library Thing, I own 111 gardening books. You can view my gardening library here.
  2. Name five of your favorite gardening books:
  3. What was the last gardening book you bought (or brought home from the library)?
  4. What was the last gardening book you read? Gardening in Eden: The Joys of Planning and Tending a Garden by Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
  5. List five books that have been particularly meaningful to you: These were all “light bulb” books for me. I read them and thought, “Oh, I get it now!”
  6. Name three gardening books you’ve been dying to read but just haven’t gotten around to it:

    Actually, I couldn’t think of any books off the top of my head that I’m dying to read. I always have a long list of books I’m interested in reading, and I use my Amazon wish list to keep track of them. I generally won’t buy a book unless I’ve read it first (thank God for the Moore Memorial Libary in Greene, NY) or unless I know I love the author. I usually find out about new gardening books through magazine reviews or those links in Amazon that say “people who bought this book also bought . . . “

  7. What gardening books would you most want to have on hand when shut up in the house by a blizzard? (This wasn’t in the meme; I’m adding it.)

    I think something about the temperature dropping rapidly, the wind blowing hard, and snow swirling around the house made me think up that last question.

  8. Tag five people and have them do this on their blog. I’m not going to tag anybody. Some people really hate memes; some people will volunteer. But if this makes anyone think about their own favorite garden books, I hope they will blog about it, even if they don’t do it in meme form.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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bill February 28, 2006, 10:48 pm

111 sounds like so many. I had to go count my own. I was surprised to find as many as I did: 77. There may even be a few more that are out of place. The only one I have that is on your list is The Essential Earthman . The Michael Pollan book has been on my wish list for practially forever but I never seem to find it.

Judith February 26, 2006, 11:26 am

Excellent list of books. Every time I think there cannot possibly be another garden book out there I don’t have, I see that is not true. You have shared a long list of fabulous books!