The following publications are recommended by gardeners who have found them especially useful. We appreciate these contributions and welcome your recommendations.

Publications Virginia Publications
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"Gardenwalks" ($14.95)
Globe Pequot Press, edited by Mary Norris.  Lists, regionally, hundreds of lovely gardens to explore--arboretums, nurseries and parks. A separate "Gardenwalks" guide covers each of five regions; Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast, California and the Pacific Northwest. Some of the Southeast entries are:  Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.; Monticello, Charlottesville, VA; Maymont, Richmond, VA; Daniel Boone Native Gardens, Boone, N.C.; Old Salem Gardens, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, S.C.

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening
William Woys Weaver, Henry Holt and Company Inc., 1997
"A master gardener's guide to planting, seed saving, and cultural history".

Hydrangeas, A Gardeners'Guide
Toni Lawson-Hall and Brian Rothera
B.T.Batsford Ltd., 1995 London
A beautifully illustrated and well organized book written by English authors. The varieties discussed in this book are more commonly available. 

"Keep in Touch - Wildflower Stationery"
The Petersburg Garden Club
Reproduced from the original watercolor collection by B.N. Marshall (1884 - 1960). 
Note Cards - 8 note cards, 2 each of four designs, with envelopes.
Price: $15.00 plus a $2.00 mail-handling fee per set.
Post Cards - 5 post cards, 1 each of five designs
Price: $10.00 plus a $2.00 mail-handling fee per set.
Include $10.00 mail-handling fee for orders of 5 or more sets.
Make checks payable to The Petersburg Garden Club, PO Box 1263, Petersburg, VA 23804.  For more information contact: Betty Steele, 804-732-6531, or Bettie Guthrie, 804-861-8490, email <>.
"These note cards make an exquisite gift for framing. The proceeds from this Petersburg Garden Club project will benefit Lee Memorial Park in Petersburg.    A book about the park will be available soon."  

Madderlake's Trade Secrets
Finding & Arranging Flowers Naturally

Tom Pritchard & Billy Jarecki
Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. New York 1994
"Practical advice with examples and instructions on how to find, care for, and create natural flower arrangements. Beautiful photographs. A must for anyone with a love for flowers."

"Manual of Woody Landscape Plants"
Michael Dirr
Stipes Publishing Co., 1998
"A book filled with woody plant facts such as plant identification ornamental characteristics, culture, propogation and uses.  Comes with stories from decades of encounters with plants and plant lovers"

Perennials for American Gardens
Ruth Rodgers Clausen and Nicholas Extrom
Random House Publishing Co.
"If I could have only one book this would be it"

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening
Reader's Digest 1995
"It has everything. If I had one book, this would be it."

Rodel's Gardening Tips
St. Martin's Press
- 1-800-527-8200
"A favorite book"

The Avant Gardener
Horticulture Data Processor, Box 489, New York, NY 10028
If I could have only one publication, this would be the one"

The Garden Tourist 1997
Edited by Lois Rosenfeld
Garden Tourist Press
"The only comprehensive, yearly guide to garden tours, major flower shows, plant sales, flower festivals and special events. A must for every garden lover and traveler."

The Native Plant Primer
Carole Ottesen
"The definitive guide to gardening with North American plants. Features perennials, annuals, grasses, ferns, vines, shrubs, and trees."

The Natural Habitat Garden
Ken Druse
Clarkson Potter 1994
"Describes and illustrates gardens which display native plants in a variety of grassland, dryland, wetland, and woodland settings. Every gardener, whether the steward of a small or large plot of land, would benefit in some way from reading this marvelous book." GardenNet book review

The New American Gardener
Carole Ottesen
MacMillan Publishing Co.
"Explores a blend of cultivated garden & natural landscape using only the best plants with proven records of high performance."

The Southern Gardener's Book of Lists
Lois Trigg Chaplin
Taylor Publishing Company 1994
" Includes lists of the best plants to accommodate all your needs. Is filled with advice and anecdotes from horticulturists and real dirt-under-the-nails gardeners."

The Southern Gardener's Book of Lists: The Best Plants for All Your Needs, Wants, and Whims.
Lois Trigg Chaplin
"Recommends hundreds of plants for numerous garden situations. An indispensable reference guide for experienced and beginning gardners."

"The Well-Tended Perennial Garden"
Timber Press, 1998
"Is filled with information coming from hands-on experience and written with the belief that "maintenance" is gardening.  Offers good guidance for  planting and pruning perennials."

"Uncommon Wealth: essays on Virginia's wild places"
Falcon Publishing, Inc., 1999. Edited by Robert M. Riordan; introduction by Jennifer Ackerman; illustrated by Megan Grey Rollins.
"A wonderful collection of essays by twenty gifted Virginia writers who explore some of Virginia's finest remaining natural areas. And how nice that a share of the proceeds from this book is given to further the Conservancy's work in Virginia. This book makes a lovely gift for those interested in nature and Virginia's wild places."


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With Paint Brush and Shovel Preserving Virginia's Wildflowers
The Petersburg Garden Club
This botanical art book showcases 222 exquisite botanical watercolors by Bessie Niemeyer Marashall. An incredible story is poignantly recounted of the efforts of a diverse group of women who established a botanical preserve in the City of Petersburg's Lee Park.  Books purchased through the Petersburg Garden Club will be autographed!
Price: $42.95 plus $1.93 (4.5% Va. sales tax) and $4.00 shipping and handling.
Make checks payable to: The Petersburg Garden Club, Post Office Box 1263,
Petersburg, Virginia 23804
For more information email:, or call (804) 732-2003
or (804) 861-8490.

Gardens and Landscapes of Virginia
The Garden Club of Virginia.
Fort Church Publishers, Inc. Little Compton, Rhode Island. 1993.
"A pictorial history of the restoration and preservation of the many beautiful gardens and historic landmarks surrounding the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many of the gardens having been restored by the Garden Club of Virginia."
"A handsome coffee table book featuring restored historic gardens."

Gardening in the South with Don Hastings: Trees, Shrubs, and Lawns.
Donald M. Hastings, Jr.
Taylor Publishing Company. Dallas, Texas. 1987.
"A practical yet entertaining reference guide for the novice or master gardener to"gardening in the South". Covers the basics of choosing trees and shrubs and starting a lawn plus more in-depth
knowledge, proper nomenclature, extensive plant listings, instructions for proper planting, and care of plant selections."

Genius in the Garden: Charles F. Gillette and Landscape Architecture in Virginia.
George C. Longest
Virginia State Library and Archives. Richmond, Virginia.1992.
"Describes and illustrates the work (1920s-1960s) of this renowned landscape architect in Virginia as well as the Upper South. Highlights predominant Georgian- style suburban estates during the height of the "Country Place"era. After the Great Depression, focus shifted to the greater community undertaking large-scale educational, corporate, and government projects."

Annual newsletter of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.
To subscribe, send $1.00 for postage and handling and your address to The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, Monticello, Post Office Box 316, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.

The Art of Conditioning Flowers                 
The Charlottesville Garden Club
P.O. Box 4334
Charlottesville, VA 22905-4334

For more information contact: Vicki Baldwin (434) 971-7969, E-mail:

"The purpose of this publication is to enable you to create longer-lasting flower arrangements. Tested and proven general guidelines for conditioning flowers, as well as guidelines for conditioning individual flowers are included."
"Prevent the flowers in your arrangement from wilting or fading in a few hours or a day by following the guidelines in this publication. A great addition to your flower reference library."
" Remember those friends who love to arrange flowers by presenting this publication to them. They'll remember you".

The Virginia Gardener Newsletter
Virginia Tech Office of Consumer Horticulture
The Virginia Gardener Newsletter is published by the Department of Horticulture, Extension Division, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327. All subscriptions and inquiries about subscription matters should be addressed to The Virginia Gardener, Department of Horticulture, VPI&SU, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0349
"A monthly subscription newsletter that addresses many informational needs of home gardeners in Virginia."

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Monthly Garden Reminders from The Charlottesville Garden Club
The Charlottesville Garden Club, P.O. Box 4334, Charlottesville, VA 22905-4334

For more information contact: Vicki Baldwin, (434) 971-7969, E-mail:

This calendar and guide, which can be ordered from the address above, was compiled to provide in depth information on planting and plant care. Those compiling this guide are located in Charlottesville, the Piedmont area of Virginia. Adjustments in planting times, etc., should be made by those living in other areas.

"These wonderful monthly garden tips as well as the post script on the amounts of fertilizer to use on small garden plots are invaluable"
"A wonderful hostess gift or great Christmas stocking stuffer for the interested gardener"

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