Jane Booth

Gardening Books:
Here are some fine choices for gardening book gifts:

A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. By the American Horticultural Society.

Earth on Her Hands, The American Woman in Her Garden. By Starr Ockenga.

A Way to Garden, A Hands-on Primer for Every Season. By Margaret Roach.

Sissinghurst. Portrait of a Garden, By Jane Brown.

Well-Tended Perennial Garden, Planting & Pruning Techniques. By Tracy DiSabato-Aust.

Designing Borders. By Noel Kingsbury.

Gardener Cook. By Christopher Lloyd.

Jane Booth

Seed Catalogues:
The season is upon us when the catalogues arrive. Most of my favorite seed companies are in New England with two exceptions—I’m fascinated with heirloom varieties of vegetables and pour over the catalogue from the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and I stray as far as California for old fashioned poppies, fragrant sweet peas, and flowering vines from Renée’s Garden. Seeds from Italy, a Winchester, Massachusetts based company, is my very favorite seed company for truly tasty greens and glorious beans—their Lacinato kale is a must have—it sweetens with frost and we picked some Christmas Day for dinner with our Christmas goose. The deer jumped the garden fence later the same day and had a fine feast stripping the plants bare!
If you want to get some great seeds (perfect stocking stuffer gifts for gardeners who need to start their seedlings in February and March) here are some fine catalog shopping ideas:

High Mowing Organic Seeds, (802) 472-6174, Wolcott, VT

Johnny’s Selected Seeds, (877) 564-6697, Winslow, ME

Renée’s Garden, (888) 880-7228, Felton, CA

Seed Savers Exchange, (563) 382-5990, Decorah, IA

Seeds from Italy, (781) 721-5904, Winchester, MA

White Flower Farm, (800) 503-9624, Litchfield, CT

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Jane Booth is a freelance writer and photographer who winters in Vermont and summers in Chatham.

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