Thanks in large part to the generosity of the Hutchinson Garden Club, Hutchinson Library has recently acquired several new and unique gardening books. It’s never to early to start planning your landscape and gardens!
Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat by E. Zachos
Includes everything from leaves and stems to nuts and seeds to roots and fungi. This encyclopedic book includes where to find these items in nature (and look-alikes to avoid), recipes, and preservation advice. Who knew milkweed could make a delicious flower soup?
Fine Foliage by Chapman and Salwitz
It’s not just about flowers anymore. A big idea for containers and gardens today is foliage combining— creating a perfect mixture of foliage colors, textures, and shapes. This little book has over 60 ideas for combining various foliages.
Gardening for the Birds by George Adams
This wonderful resource shares how to create a bird-friendly landscape. It shows how to choose the right native plants to mimic natural ecosystems that will provide birds with food, water, shelter, and nesting places. Also included are hundreds of native plant profiles and detailed descriptions of birds from every region in North America.
Hellstrip Gardening by Evelyn J. Hadden
What is a hellstrip? That ugly space between the street and the sidewalk. This book shows how to transform that public space into a lush and beautiful place. It includes details such as working with trees, laws and covenants, living with vehicles, along with choosing a style that works with the soil and sun exposure.
Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables & Flowers by Joseph Tychonievich
The author demystifies the science of plant breeding and shares how to pick the best parent plants: how to cross-pollinate; the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers; and how to harvest and store seed. Here is a resource to create a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and garden conditions.
Powerhouse Plants: 510 Top Performers for Multi-Season Beauty by Graham Rice
A “powerhouse plant” is one that changes beautifully and dramatically through the seasons, not just looking good for more than a few weeks of the year. This book profiles outstanding multi-season plants from Abelia to Weigela, including perennials, annuals, groundcovers, vines, shrubs, and trees.
Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots by Andrea Bellamy
Learn how to plan and build your garden — on balconies, in raised beds, up walls, at schools, across parking strips. A comprehensive A to Z of edibles, including the best small-space varieties.
Also, A Good Read on a Newsworthy and Controversial Issue
On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
Another timely new acquisition addresses fear of the government¸ the medical establishment, and what may be in our children’s air, food, vaccines, etc. The author tracks the progress of immunization and the protective impulse to make our children invulnerable while providing a thoughtful critique to more recent fears of vaccines and the toxins they carry. She keeps the debate lively and informative.