Garden Book Picks From HGTVGardens

Whether you're looking for homesteading wisdom or design-inspiration, check out these great books for you, or great gifts for your garden friends.

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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.

Soup Night Book

There's plenty of inspiration for the comfort food that delivers so many of us through the cold days of fall and winter in this cook book and piece of cultural trend-spotting Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup from Maggie Stuckey that suggests ways to make a soup night part of your social life.

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 the avant-garde design lover on your list, 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 and makes an excellent holiday gift.

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 also the perfect gift for the metaphysical garden mom on your list, who likes a mix of spiritual nourishment and social cause with her veggie rows.

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.

Seed Keeper Book

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 adulthood transforms into a guiding light for many 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 would make a delightful, myth-busting gift for any longtime gardener or plant-geek on your list.

Fire in My Belly

Find out why the Southern food movement is so hot in this Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie's cookbook Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking. Though Gillespie is known for his pork-centric cooking ("bacon is my jam!" is a favorite catch phrase), there is also plenty of fresh, organic garden ingredients and the kind of seasonal cooking any gardener can get behind. From tomato-braised greens to ricotta-stuffed poblanos and a savory fig tart and sugar snap peas amandine, there is plenty of foodie inspiration here.

Wood is Wonderful

Mark Griffiths' very handy Woodworking in a Weekend: 20 Simple Projects for the Home is the perfect present for the DIY dude or damsel in your life.

The 20-30 Something Garden Guide

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

Apple Lover's Cookbook

Amy Traverso's The Apple Lover's Cookbook highlights creative ways to use this popular fruit, from the sweet to the savory.

The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Cookbook

Charleston's most famous foodie brothers Matt and Ted Lee offer plenty of garden to table goodness in The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen.

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.

Fifty Shades of Kale

A literal Doctor Feel Good, Drew Ramsey and Jennifer Iserloh celebrates produce-of-the-moment kale in his recipe book chocked with recipes that make use of this good-for-you green, from Chocolate Chip Kale Cookies to Spicy Mussels with Kale.

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.

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