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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:

The New Three-Year Garden Journal
with Regional Gardening Guides

by Louise Carter and Joanne Lawson
Photographs by Allen Rokach


What have I been telling you to get for years now?  A GARDEN JOURNAL!  Now, even if you didn't take my suggestion for creating your own out of notebook paper, you can now get yourself a fancy one that comes complete with regional gardening information just at the time you need it.  I have been a great believer in garden journals, simply for the fact that you can keep information from year to year in a clear and concise way.  Just think, this year I can record the unheard of rainfall amounts in the northeast, and maybe one day my grandchildren will read through this and understand my disappointment with this year's spring (way too moist and not enough sunshine for my taste!).

The New Three-Year Garden Journal offers a wealth of gardening information and design ideas to guide both the novice and the master gardener. In it, you will find weekly, region-specific recommendations on every aspect of garden management, from planting and fertilizing to pruning and harvesting. Each month begins with an informative essay on a gardening topic such as perennials, ground covers, vegetables and herbs, and much more. Magnificent photographs by Allen Rokach beautifully illustrate the text. Generous calendar blocks, note pages, and graph areas for your designs simplify preparation and record-keeping.  This is something everyone needs and should not be without!

And one more thing -- The Three-Year Garden Journal also won the Garden Writers Association of America's 1998 Quill & Trowel Award for Design, an organization I have been proud to associate with for over 6 years.  It is 8.5 x 10, 192 pages,
with 114 full-color photos.  It is a pseudo-hardcover, wire-O binding, but looks like it will hold up in time.  The suggested retail price is$29.95, and is available at Timber Press


If you would like this reviewed copy of The Three-Year Garden Journal, please send an email including your name and mailing address with Garden Gifts contest in the subject line to The winner will be notified by email on July 4, 2003, and must agree to have their name and state publicized on the Gardening Guru’s web site.  Good Luck and Good Gardening! Dave



Sex in the Garden, by Angela Ovary

Garden Gifts, by Gill Dickinson

The Evening Garden by Peter Loewer