24 Great Garden Books to Buy Now

Whether you're looking for vegetable gardening tips, homesteading wisdom or garden design ideas, check out these great books with plenty of spring gardening inspiration.

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April 22, 2020
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Garden Alchemy

A successful garden begins with the soil. Garden Alchemy: 80 Recipes and Concoctions for Organic Fertilizers, Plant Elixirs, Potting Mixes, Pest Deterrents, and More is the latest release from international speaker and creator of Garden Therapy, Stephanie Rose. Garden Alchemy is like a cookbook for the garden. It contains easy DIY recipes, projects and practical advice for how to create the healthiest plants using all-natural solutions.

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Organic Gardening for Everyone

CaliKim has been helping gardeners all over the world learn how to grow their own food via her YouTube channel, Garden & Home. In her book debut, Organic Gardening for Everyone: Homegrown Vegetables Made Easy - No Experience Required, she gives gardeners the perfect hands-on guide for how to raise vegetables organically. Not only does she share her organic gardening tips and tricks, but CaliKim also shows you how to balance gardening with the demands of a modern, family-oriented lifestyle.

The 20-30 Something Garden Guide

Dee Nash's engaging gardening book offers a garden tutorial geared toward the sensibilities of 20- or 30-somethings and is the perfect jumpstart for someone who wants to know everything there is to know about gardening, without too much fussiness or overly technical information.

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

This inspiring book is loaded with plans to help you realize any garden dream, from a rooftop farm to a cocktail garden to a small-space container garden. Dream big and dream on with Niki Jabbour's inventive and practical guide.

Field Guide to Urban Gardening

Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening shares the basics of growing plants in an urban setting and more. Kevin has a knack for explaining all of the details of growing plants in an ordinary and very understandable way. He shares in-depth garden plans, upcycled DIY projects, intensive hydroponic systems and beautiful yet functional raised beds in Field Guide to Urban Gardening: How to Grow Plants, No Matter Where You Live-Raised Beds • Vertical Gardening • Indoor Edibles • Balconies and Rooftops • Hydroponics. With Kevin's approach to gardening, you can have a thriving garden no matter where you live.

DIY Chicken Keeping

Lisa Steele, chicken keeper extraordinaire and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, shows you how to build just about everything you might need for your coop, run or farmhouse kitchen in her latest release, DIY Chicken Keeping from Fresh Eggs Daily: 40+ Projects for the Coop, Run, Brooder, and More. Even if you do not have chickens, this DIY book features many DIY decor projects that will work in almost any home or garden. This book is a must for the modern-day homesteader.

Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening

Matt Mattus, the founder of the blog Growing with Plants, shares a highly practical study of the art of growing flowers in his latest release. Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Flowers, from Today’s Favorites to Unusual Varieties is filled with page after page of gorgeous photography and Mattus’ extensive knowledge of flower growing. After years of trialing thousands of flowers, Mattus teaches you how to do it based on his immense hands-on experience.

The Pollinator Victory Garden

Pollinating insects are endangered globally, with a particularly steep decline over the last 40 years. Ecological landscape designer and environmental horticulturist Kim Eierman shows us how to save pollinators in The Pollinator Victory Garde: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening; Attract and Support Bees, Beetles, Butterflies, Bats, and Other Pollinators. Eierman offers practical solutions for winning the war against the demise of pollinators with tips on how to transition your landscape into a pollinator haven.

Gardening Your Front Yard

Not enough sun in your backyard for a garden? No problem— put one in the front yard! Tara Nolan of Savvy Gardening shows you how to transform any front yard into the garden of your dreams in her latest book, Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big and Small Spaces - Includes Vegetable Gardening, Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens, and More. No matter what available space you have, there are ideas here for every size yard and every garden style.

Attainable Sustainable

Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living is an essential guide for the modern backyard homesteader. Kris Bordessa, author and founder of the Attainable Sustainable blog, shares her tried-and-true advice and projects that will bring out your inner pioneer. Filled with simple and cost-efficient projects, this book will help guide you toward a more sustainable lifestyle.

Shrubs and Hedges

Selecting and maintaining shrubs remains a mystery to many homeowners. Eva Monheim, co-founder of Verdant Earth Educators and Longwood Gardens instructor, teaches you how to grow beautiful, healthy plants in Shrubs and Hedges: Discover, Grow, and Care for the World's Most Popular Plants. Both informative and engaging, Shrubs and Hedges will give you the confidence to effectively landscape and care for these popular plants.

Gardener's Guide to Compact Plants

Horticulturist Jessica Walliser gives you the rundown on edible compact plants that work in small spaces. The Gardener's Guide to Compact Plants: Edibles and Ornamentals for Small-Space Gardening shows you how to plant edible plants in little niches, enabling you to have a productive garden in a tiny space.

A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

One-time HGTV garden writer Melissa Caughey's book, A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens, provides plenty of fun tips for getting your children involved in this wholesome, fun pastime.

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Garden Gold

Antiques expert Furlow Gatewood's exquisite home and grounds in Americus, Georgia, are celebrated in the Rizzoli coffee table tome One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood. Think an allee lined with enormous terra cotta pots filled with hydrangeas; an army of atmospherically roaming peacocks; snowball bushes; follies sprinkled throughout the sprawling property and what could be the world's fanciest chicken coop. There's enough botanical and design inspiration here to keep any garden design-fan enthralled.

The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl

Chock full of artful images from talented photographer Tamara Staples, The Magnificent Chicken offers a virtual Miss USA pageant of good looking birds in this engaging book sure to please any chicken fan.

Kiss My Aster

Amanda Thomsen offers gardening advice for a new generation in the fun, irreverent graphic novel-meets-how-to book Kiss My Aster.

Art Flowers

For avant-garde design lovers, this gorgeous tome is filled with the incredible floral arrangements created by 38 of the world's most renowned designers. From flower walls to more down-to-earth inspiration for your own homemade arrangements, there is plenty of visual food for thought in this inspiring collection.


Sissinghurst: Vita-Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden by Vita Sackville-West reveals the author's most beloved flowers, as well as offering practical advice for gardeners.

Citizen Farmers

"Farmer D" Daron Joffe travels the country advising clients on how to create gardens for their homes and businesses. His first book is a manifesto on his philosophy of giving back to the earth and building community by growing. Citizen Farmer is a blend of his biodynamic gardening philosophy and practical, get-your-hands-dirty tips on everything from building the perfect compost bed to starting a community garden. It's perfect for anyone who likes a mix of spiritual nourishment and social cause with her veggie rows.

Seed Keeper

Rather than just a book you can read, this practical tome offers a tidy place to keep your garden seeds in order. File away those special seeds for the next gardening season with this handy helpmate.

From the Ground Up

Jeanne Nolan's From the Ground Up is a memoir of how an alienated young adult transforms into a people- and plant-person in a miraculous do-over. This engrossing autobiography follows Nolan from a dangerously controlling hippie commune back to her Chicago home where she discovers renewal, purpose and a profound means of connection via organic gardening for herself and others.

Coffee for Roses

A fascinating book, Coffee for Roses...and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening debunks many commonplace gardener superstitions and tricks. C.L. Fornari's book speaks to both beginners and longtime gardeners.

Wreaths for All Seasons

Lifestyle guru James Farmer tackles that most iconic of front door greetings, the wreath, in this book full of ideas for weaving garden elements from edibles to flowers into sumptuous seasonal displays.

Plants With Benefits

Subtitled An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers and Veggies in Your Garden, Helen Yoest's quirky book delves into ancient Greek and Roman beliefs to separate sexy garden fact (did you know nutmeg is considered Viagra for women?) and fiction, while she offers up tips for growing and cooking your produce for optimum results.