Five Favorite Books from 2010 - Win One!


I've looked at a lot of gardening books that debuted in 2010 and there are many I haven't yet seen, but as we wrap up the year, here are five of my favorites, in no particular order. If you need a last-minute gift for a gardener, any one of these publications will do quite nicely.

  • Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin
    I can't say enough nice things about this book. I turn to it again and again for inspiration and even for help in identifying a succulent now and then. Everything about this book is first class.
    Complete review

  • Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars by Sharon Lovejoy
    I don't think there exists another book that is as much fun for both kids and grandparents than this. The artwork by Lovejoy is charming and her ideas will keep "the grands" entertained for a long time. Parents will find it just as useful.
    Complete review

  • Grocery Gardening by Jean Ann Van Krevelen with Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley and Teresa O'Connor
    The layout of this book is so visually pleasing and well-organized, it's a pure joy to read, even if you never grow a single tomato. Informational and practical, taking you from seed to table, this is the whole package.
    Complete review


Luckily for you, I was sent two copies of Succulent Container Gardens. I will be giving the extra copy away to one of my readers. To be entered, simply leave a comment here, telling me what your all-time favorite gardening book is and why you like it so much.

If you tweet about the contest, I'll enter your name twice. Simply copy the following and post it on Twitter:
Enter to win Succulent Container Gardens by @DebraLeeBaldwin at @GardeningBTBook . Ends midnight EST Dec 13. http://bit.ly/gK4p9d
The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and will end at midnight, EST on Monday, December 13, 2010. Book will be sent by me, by media mail, so it may not arrive before Christmas. Thanks to Timber Press for providing this book.

24 comments:

Chris Tidrick said...

I have to pick a favorite? That's pretty tough. So I'll have to go with the one that comes off the shelf the most - Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. It's an invaluable resource, plus I love finding the little gems within the 1000+ pages where Dirr either effuses over a tree or curses a shrub. Those passages are priceless.

Chrissy B. said...

Seriously, One favorite? The one I have used the most is "The Guide to Houseplants" produced by The Phillip Lief Group, Illustrated by Tamara Dublin Brown. It was my beginners book, really. My other favorite is my Southern Living. They produce a book every year, that has a walk through on gardening, tips, ideas,fountains, containers, birding etc. I read everything I get my hands on though, so one favorite is sooo hard to pick.

Rainforest Gardener said...

It's pretty hard to choose from my big collection, but I would have to say that Debra's first book 'Designing With Succulents' wins for an all out source of inspiration and info, and its written with an enthusiastic voice that's contagious! Even though I haven't had enough sun for most of the plants featured, the ideas and principles she covered were easy to utilize in every bit of gardening I've done since. I've adapted by using other stunning foliage plants that love the shade, like bromeliads and rainforest succulents, emulating the rich tapestries of color in those pages.

Catherine Lee said...

I often refer to my Southern Living Garden Book...great pictures and lots of practical hints and tips.

Authentic Haven Brand said...

I'll have to "grow" with Complete Idiots Guide to Composting Chris McLaughlin's book is perfect and I proudly send the information on it with every order I ship of Moo Poo Tea...It's a wonderful way to share Green , for Soil Sake : )

Annie

Kat said...

Just one? Oh that's so limiting, but here goes. The Sunset Western Garden Guide. It answers so many of those "Will that grow over the hill?" questions I get and is pretty much a gardening bible in these parts.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It's hard for me to choose a favorite, but probably my most worn and used book is Sunset's Western Garden Book.

Seasonal Wisdom said...

Thanks for including Grocery Gardening on this list, Kylee. What an honor! Just like everyone else, I have lots of favorite gardening books ... so it's hard to choose just one. But I am enjoying Rosalind Creasy's "Edible Landscaping" book very much. Loads of color photographs of luscious heirlooms and unusual hybrids. Yummy... Teresa

Anonymous said...

So many choices!! I am a Horticulture student, so I love all my textbooks and my store-bought books. If I have to pick one, I will go with the AHS A -Z Encyclopedia od Garden Plants. I always go there and to the Southern Living Garden Book when needing a plant identification! Signed,
flower_crazy_

Anna Mae said...

How about "The Backyard Homestead"? I also tweeted this giveaway (amjpls2 on Twitter). I LOVE succulents. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

jupitersinclair said...

So very hard to pick just one. I have an old one of my shelves called Grow it! that's one of my faves.

Linda said...

Happy Holidays to All...
I am a newbee on the block. I live in suburbia south Florida
and am trying to bring the country to me. I built a 5' x 36' x depth 12" raised bed filled with vermiculite and aged manure. I am almost done with installing my drip irrigation system. I hope to do succession gardening and be able to supply my 4 kids and hubby with fresh veggies. I am sure there will be some failures...but I hope to learn how to overcome them and rise above it and grow even a better garden each year for my family. Favorite book thus far: "CARROTS LOVE TOMATOES" by Louise Riotte
Wishing peace, happiness and love too all this great season. Linda

David said...

My sentimental favorite remains my first gardening book -- "Crockett's Victory Garden." Just what a neophyte aspiring gardener needed when confronted with his first plot of land.

Commonweeder said...

Hard to choose a favorite from this list, but I can tell you that the bird song book is fabulous! A book I could really use right now is Succulent Container Gardens - please enter my name in the drawing.

Kari L√łnning said...

I would love to own a copy of Debra's book. She's made me reexamine having succulents in my garden. (And, her photography is rather amazing.)

SuzOH said...

I think my current favorite is Monet's Garden, by Vivian Russell, but my favorites change over time, I have a book called Zen Gardening that sits by my bed so I can pick it up anytime. I love the simplicity of Japanese gardens.

Emily R. said...

I really like Garden for All Seasons, great for ideas for winter interest.

Emily R. said...

I tweeted the giveaway from @poodle_power

vcxcvb said...

I don't have a current favorite, but I think this book on Succulent Container Gardens could easily be THE ONE! I love doing succulents, and finally got my Christmas Cactus to bud. Blooms should open next week. It's still hiding in my basement! :oD

@SolakNC said...

Can't ever have too many good gardening books!

Jean said...

I've relied on different gardening books throughout my gardening life. It used to be Perennial Garden Color by William Welch, then some Louisiana gardening books, but now that I work in the biz, it's The Southern Living Garden Book. I'm a huge sucker for succulents, so I'd love to win this book!

Kylee said...

After putting all the entries into a hat, including the extra entries for tweets, the winner is...

CHRIS TIDRICK

Congratulations, Chris! If you could send your mailing address to me (or DM it to me on Twitter), I'll get it sent right out!

Thank you to all who entered and shared your favorite gardening books. It looks like the overwhelming favorite is The Southern Living Garden Book. I'll be looking at all your suggestions. Once again, thank you, and watch for more upcoming book giveaways!

Genevieve said...

Kylee, I love your list! Would you like to be added to the Five Books meme page?
http://www.northcoastgardening.com/2010/12/five-books-for-gardeners/
Let me know if so!

Kylee said...

Thanks, Genevieve! Yes, absolutely, that would be wonderful and much appreciated! :-)