Unique Gardens

Why not experiment with a different kind of garden this year? How about planting a tea garden? Why not attract bugs? They can be beneficial. Try planting a hellstrip garden. Don't know what that is? Check out the book on this list. Or after spending the afternoon in your garden settle down with one of the gardening memoirs listed here.

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Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden : A Natural Approach to Pest Control

Jessica Walliser
635.0496 Wal

A comprehensive and innovative guide to natural pest control for the garden that aims to eliminate the need for dangerous pesticides while emphasizing the symbiotic relationship between plants and insects, upending the notion that all insects are pests. Chapters include a detailed list of beneficial bugs and the plants that attract and sustain them as well as how to create plant partnerships to aid in battling pests.

Chasing the Rose : A Garden Adventure in the Venetian Countryside

Andrea Di Robilant
635.933734 Dir

On a quest to discover the identity of a pink rose that grows wild on his family's former country estate, the author of the best-selling A Venetian Affair takes readers back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte and into some of the most delightful rose gardens in Italy today. Here is the charming chronicle of his search for the identity of a mysterious old rose, brought to colorful life on the page in the watercolors of artist Nina Fuga.

Groundbreaking Food Gardens : 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden

Niki Jabbour
635 Jab

This title showcases the food gardens of 73 master gardeners, from Seattle to London. Whether the allotted space is a balcony or shady backyard, someone has offered an inventive design for it, including notable horticulture experts such as New York Botanical Garden director Toby Adams, landscape designer Jessi Bloom, and best-selling botany author Amy Stewart. Among the most interesting are Stewart's "cocktail" garden, providing herbs and fruits for mixed drinks, and a Chicago "hot-dog" garden, producing bread-seed poppies, mustard, and white onions. Every plan is accompanied by full-color illustrations, growing tips, and tweakable lists of crop possibilities.

Hellstrip Gardening : Create a Paradise Between the Sidewalk and the Curb

Evelyn J. Hadden
635.091732 Had

The first book to show you exactly how to reclaim this oft-ignored space, this comprehensive guide covers how to choose plants that thrive in tough situations, how to design pathways for accessibility, and much more. Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens across the country offer inspiration and visual guidance to anyone ready to tackle this final frontier. Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources.

Homegrown Tea : An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes

Cassie Liversidge
631.584 Liv

Homegrown Tea explains how to grow a large variety of plants in your own garden, on a balcony or even on a window sill to create your tea cupboard. It shows you how to grow your tea from seeds, cuttings, or small plants, as well as which parts of the plant are used to make tea. Liversidge lays out when and how to harvest your plants, as well as information on how to prepare the plant.

Miniature Gardens : Design and Create Miniature Fairy Gardens, Dish Gardens, Terrariums and More--Indoors and Out

Katie Elzer-Peters
635 Elz

Gardening in miniature allows people to create whole worlds in one or two square feet of a container or larger garden. In addition to this "dollhouse" approach, it's a way to enjoy plants requiring conditions different from what main gardens can provide, and to experiment with a variety of landscaping styles on a small, affordable scale. This title provides practical, step-by-step instructions, including tips on plant shopping and using indoor/outdoor containers, as well as building a fairy house.

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening : How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart

Carol Wall
635 Wal

In this moving memoir chronicling the many lasting rewards garnered from an unexpected friendship, writer Wall enlists a neighbor's gardener, a man from Kenya, to help her maintain her garden. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever. What begins as a purely professional relationship, with Wall hoping to learn more about gardening, blossoms into an intimate friendship.

The Gardener of Versailles : My Life in the World's Grandest Garden

Alain Baraton
921 Baraton Bar

As the gardener-in-chief of Versailles, Baraton lives on its grounds, and since 1982 he has devoted his life to the gardens, orchards, and fields that were loved by France's kings and queens as much as the palace itself. His memoir captures the essence of the connection between gardeners and the earth they tend, no matter how humble or grand. With the charm of a natural storyteller, Baraton weaves his own path as a gardener with the life of the Versailles grounds, and his role overseeing its team of eighty gardeners tending to 350,000 trees and thirty miles of walkways on 2,100 acres.

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener : How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature

Tammi Hartung
635 Har

This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment – instead of continually fighting it – you’ll reap a larger harvest with much less stress and effort. Hartung explains how to start with a hardy and healthy garden, create beneficial relationships through smart planting, attract helpful insects and pollinators, intentionally create habitats for wildlife, and much more.

Virginia Woolf's Garden : The Story of the Garden at Monk's House

Caroline Zoob
800.92 Woolf Zoo

Monk's House, on the edge of a village in Sussex, became Leonard and Virginia Woolf's cherished weekend and summer retreat. Both were ecstatic over the garden and the pear and apple orchard. Leonard did the designing and most of the work, becoming, as Virginia wrote, "garden proud," while she found immense solace and inspiration in their verdant paradise. Zoob intertwines descriptions of their years at Monk's House while walking readers from one garden "room" to another.