Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Soul Garden–The Perennial Bookworm

The Soul Garden:.  Creating Green Spaces for Inner Growth & Spiritual Renewal.  Donald Norfolk, 2002.  The Overlook Press, 288 pages, 8.3 x 5.7″, $27.95 (hardcover). Most gardeners and professional horticulturists believe that the act of creating, tending and sitting in … Continue reading

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Why Every Man Needs A Tractor–Perennial Bookworm

Why Every Man Needs A Tractor: and Other Revelations in the Garden.  Charles Elliot, 2011.  Frances-Lincoln,192 pages, 8 x 5.25″, $19.95 (hardcover). This book is a collection of short pieces on the forgotten and sometimes amusing history of horticultural science … Continue reading

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Managing Manure to Save Mankind–Perennial Bookworm

Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind.  Gene Logsdon, 2010.  Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 272 pages, 7.5 x 5.5″,  $17.50 (paper). I found this book to be extremely well written and quite humorous in addition to covering everything you’d want … Continue reading

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Attracting Native Pollinators–PERENNIAL BOOKWORM

Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies.  The Xerces Society, 2011.  Storey Publishing, 384 pages, 10 x 7″, $29.95 (paper). This is a wonderful guide that I’d recommend to anyone.  It’s comprehensive and … Continue reading

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A Sustainable Gardening Book without the “Green Wash”–Perennial Bookworm

The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic.  Sarah Hayden Reichard, 2011. University of California Press, 264 pages, 9.25” x 9.65”, $27.50 (hardcover). “Green washing” is a term that describes how media and marketers have taken the terms that used to describe … Continue reading

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Gardener’s Yoga–Perennial Bookworm

Gardener’s Yoga: Bend & Stretch, Dig & Grow.  Veronica D’Orazio, 2006.  Sasquatch Books, 63 pages, 6.4” x 6.8”, $12.95 (paper). Phew!  I’ve been away from garden chores too long.  Jumping into spring clean up after huddling inside through the worst of … Continue reading

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Garden Show Inspiration from Chelsea–Perennial Bookworm

Best Garden Design: Practical Inspiration from the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.  Chris Young, 2010.  Firefly Books, 224 pages, 9.5 x 7.8”, $35.00 (hardcover). Has the Northwest Flower & Garden Show fired you up to start working on your … Continue reading

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The Collector—Explore the life of David Douglas—Perennial Bookworm

The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, Jack Nisbet, 2010.  Sasquatch Books, 288 pages, 8.5” x 5.5”, $23.95 (hardcover).  The Collector is the tale of Scottish naturalist David Douglas as he traversed our region between 1823 … Continue reading

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Northwest Bonsai Style–Perennial Bookworm

Gnarly Branches, Ancient Trees: The Life and Works of Dan Robinson—Bonsai Pioneer.  Will Hiltz, 2010.  Nara Press, 292 pages, 10.5” x 9.5”, $49.95 (hardcover). This is the story of local bonsai expert and landscaper, Dan Robinson.  Dan has an unorthodox … Continue reading

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Great Book on Bees, Wasps and Ants–Perennial Bookworm

Bees, Wasps and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens, Eric Grissell, 2010.  Timber Press, Inc., 335 pages, 9” x 6”, $27.95 (hardcover). Most books about bees just drone on, losing me in the second chapter when they start … Continue reading

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