David Daehnke

The Gardening Guru
Mahwah, NJ 07430

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The Gardening Guru's Book Review

I have created this web page to help “steer” you through the incredible amount of horticultural books that are available to you, to give you an idea of which books are worth purchasing, and which ones you are better off reading at your local library or bookstore for free. Remember, even the Gardening Guru admits that he does not know everything about gardening. Life is a continual learning experience, and so it is with gardening. This month’s book review is:

By Alex Overy


Did you know that there is sex in your garden? This book takes a clear and concise peek at the reproductive processes of garden plants and their relationship to their various pollinators. Written with a flair for the humorous and a touch of the absurd,Sex in Your Garden is the perfect addition to any gardener’s or botanist’s bookshelf. Angela Overy teaches her readers all the basics of garden botany, and the book’s appealing design allows curious readers an opportunity to explore the ins and outs of sex in their own gardens.

Among the awards this book has garnered are:

· Garden Club of America "Eloise Payne Luquer Medal" 1999 Award
· Colorado Center for the Book "Colorado Book Award" 1998 finalist
· Garden Writers Association of America's 1998 Quill & Trowel Award for Graphic Design
· Colorado Book Awards Finalist

Being an Adjunct Professor of Horticulture at Bergen Community College, although I need to cover botany in a more thorough manor than this book covers, this book does convey the what, why, how, where and when of propagation in a light and sometimes comical fashion. It was easy to read and understand, and explains things such as the allures of colors, scents and shapes and how they influence their specific pollinators. This is an unusual book that will draw great attention on your coffee table, but is also filled with expert advice. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think you will also. Sex In Your Garden is available from >Fulcrum Publishing for $19.95, and there is a special internet price if you click through this link.

If you would like this reviewed copy of Sex In Your Garden, please send an email including your name and mailing address with Sex in Your Garden contest in the subject line to gardeningguru@juno.com. The winner will be notified by email on April 15, 2002, and must agree to have their name and state publicized on the Gardening Guru’s web site. A big congratulation goes to Gina from Quartz Hill, California, who won last motnh's contest! Good Luck and Good Gardening! Dave