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deer-resistant-plants50 beautiful deer-resistant plants: a gardener's guide to the best annuals, perennials, shrubs, ferns, bulbs, herbs, and grasses by Ruth Rogers Clausen

The former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener has written a “ visually appealing, practical, authoritative book is highly recommended for gardeners in deer country who would like to have a beautiful garden without fencing as their only solution” The book is illustrated with full-color photographs of every plant and has advice on how to grow them.  If you have had deer destroys your plants, this is a great resource for you.

 Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants by Nancy J. Ondra

“Nancy Ondra eliminates the guesswork and the stress, offering 52 garden plans that each use only five plants! These plans are simple, inexpensive, and sure to look beautiful all season long.” This book takes the guess work out of planting a perennial garden.

 Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise between the Sidewalk and the CurbHellstripCover350 by Evelyn Hadden

The Chicago Tribune called this book an "Inspiration for urban gardeners." What are hellstrip gardens, you may ask. According to Hadden, “Curbside locations are the public faces of places. Though they are the last places we may think to beautify, they provide the first glimpses of what to expect inside a building, through a gate, or across a threshold.” Hadden divides her book into three sections, Inspirations, with photos of curbside gardens from coast to coast; Situations: challenges, obstacles such as poor soil, vehicles, road maintenance and the public; and Creation including design solutions and curbside worthy plants.

living-landscapeThe Living Landscape by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy

This definitive guide to designing a beautiful, biodiverse home garden is written by two of the most important voices in sustainability and horticulture,  The authors first explain each layer of the landscape and what role the plants within them play in the larger environment, from providing berries for birds, food for bugs, or a place for bees to pollinate.  This books provides inspiration and strategies to create gardens that are full of life and vital to human need and regional and local wildlife communities.

"Two giants of the natural gardening world, Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, have collaborated on their best work yet." —Anne Raver, New York Times

 

Organic-gardenersThe Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control by Fern Marshall Bradley

This well indexed book includes hundreds of organic techniques and products for dealing with garden problems. The plant-by-plant guide features symptoms and solutions for 200 popular plants, including flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and fruits.

 

 

Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form by Rebecca Sweet refresh your garden

When your garden needs redoing but you don’t know where to start, take a look at this book. It begins with a chapter on “seeing [your garden] with fresh eyes.” Sweet's tips will help you see what’s boring in your garden and places that need work. Sweet’s book is filled with ideas on how to wake up your garden with texture, color and form and includes gorgeous photos. It also includes a thorough index as well as a list of helpful websites and mail order sources for plants.There's no need to completely redo your garden to make it feel new again.

 
foodscapingFoodscaping: Practical and Innovative Ways to Create an Edible Landscape by Charlie Nardozzi 

“Gone are the days when vegetable patches were banished to the back of the garden for fear of them looking unsightly. Now, with a little bit of creativity, the trend is to build a beautiful garden where vegetables and herbs sit happily alongside ornamental flowers.” Edible landscaping continues to be one of the gardening trends of 2015.

 

 

 Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird Friendly Backyard by George Martin Adams

 You may already have a bird feeder in your yard, but you can attract a far wider range of species, and they will stay longer, if you create a bird-friendly landscape. This book shows you how to get birds to your your landscape home by providing water, natural nesting places, the right native plants, and design that mimics natural ecosystem.

The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook by Jean-Martin Fortier 

Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American market-gardenerborder. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.

 

How to Eradicate Invasive Plants by Teri Dunn Chase

Invasive plants — like common buckthorn, purple loosestrife and garlic mustard — are a growing threat to our home landscapes, affecting native plants and wildlife. These are not just aesthetic pests, but they also a threat to biodiversity and natural systems as they often alter the natural ecosystem. Since they don't go away on their own, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants offers clear, easy-to-use solutions to these problem plants.The includes listings of problem areas for invasive plants organized by categories containing the alphabetized Latin names of the plants and the states they impact, online resources, suggested readings, as well as a detailed index. The book is organized by types of invasive plants, from water and bog plants, to annuals, perennials, gasses, vines, shrubs, and trees.

 

Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens by Douglas W. Tallamy
bringing nature home
If there's one book that is the beacon call to biodiversity in our gardens, this is it.  "There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife — native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction."

 


  Local Gardening Groups

 

 Master Gardeners of Western Wayne County

You don’t need to be a Master Gardener to become a member. Activities include listening to educational speakers, watching demonstrations, gardening and volunteer opportunities based upon your skill level. If you are a Master Gardener each meeting counts as one hour towards your annual education requirements.  There is a charge for attending meetings.

Master Gardener Program

Information on becoming a Master Gardener in Wayne County

Plymouth Garden Club

All meetings held @ 12:30 PM in the Plymouth Library unless otherwise notedon the Second Monday of the month. September-June.

Northville-Novi "No-Nos" Garden Club