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The Gardening Book List

Brighten up your bookshelf with these fiction and nonfiction gardening books! Wander through these leafy reads, including stories of secret gardens and manuals on how to cultivate your backyard.

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    A Victorian Flower Dictionary Book Cover Picture
    A Victorian Flower Dictionary Book Cover Picture

    A Victorian Flower Dictionary

    by Mandy Kirkby

    Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection. Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern-day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation.

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    A Victorian Flower Dictionary Book Cover Picture

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    The Secret Garden Book Cover Picture
    The Secret Garden Book Cover Picture

    The Secret Garden

    by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Commissioned by award-winning Penguin art director Paul Buckley, the Penguin Threads series debuts with cover art by Jillian Tamaki for three gift-worthy Penguin Classics. Sketched out in a traditional illustrative manner, then hand stitched using needle and thread, the final covers are sculpt embossed for a tactile, textured, and beautiful book design that will appeal to the world of handmade crafts.

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    The Secret Garden Book Cover Picture

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    Life in the Garden Book Cover Picture
    Life in the Garden Book Cover Picture

    Life in the Garden

    by Penelope Lively

    Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom.

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    Life in the Garden Book Cover Picture

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    The Signature of All Things Book Cover Picture
    The Signature of All Things Book Cover Picture

    The Signature of All Things

    by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.

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    The Signature of All Things Book Cover Picture

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    Martha's Flowers, Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture
    Martha's Flowers, Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture

    Martha’s Flowers, Deluxe Edition

    by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey

    Martha Stewart compiles the wisdom of a lifetime spent gardening into a practical yet inspired book. Learn how and when to plant, nurture, and at the perfect time, cut from your garden. With lush blooms in hand, discover how to build stunning arrangements. Accompanied by beautiful photographs of displays in Martha’s home, bursting with ideas, and covering every step from seed to vase, Martha’s Flowers is a must-have handbook for flower gardeners and enthusiasts of all skill levels.

    Martha's Flowers, Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture
    Martha's Flowers, Deluxe Edition Book Cover Picture

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    How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition Book Cover Picture
    How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition Book Cover Picture

    How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition

    by John Jeavons

    Long before it was a trend, How to Grow More Vegetables brought backyard ecosystems to life for the home gardener by demonstrating sustainable growing methods for spectacular organic produce on a small but intensive scale.

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    How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition Book Cover Picture

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    The Garden of Small Beginnings Book Cover Picture
    The Garden of Small Beginnings Book Cover Picture

    The Garden of Small Beginnings

    by Abbi Waxman

    After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her in a vegetable-gardening class, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles botanical garden feeling out of her element. But what she’ll soon discover—with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners—is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not…

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    The Garden of Small Beginnings Book Cover Picture

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    The Language of Flowers Book Cover Picture
    The Language of Flowers Book Cover Picture

    The Language of Flowers

    by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

    The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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    The Language of Flowers Book Cover Picture

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    Garden Poems Book Cover Picture
    Garden Poems Book Cover Picture

    Garden Poems

    by

    The splendid poems in this collection both represent and glorify the cultivating instinct, and each of them succeeds in “annihilating all that’s made,” as Andrew Marvell puts it in one of the most famous of all English poems, “to a green thought in a green shade.”

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    Garden Poems Book Cover Picture

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    The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns Book Cover Picture
    The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns Book Cover Picture

    The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns

    by Margaret Dilloway

    The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns Book Cover Picture
    The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns Book Cover Picture

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