We've compiled the newest gardening books that caught our eye, as well as our favorite resources that will help you solve a problem, design your garden or grow delicious food. Happy reading!


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Gardening Under Lights - buy now on Amazon

The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers

Gardeners continue to find creative ways to bring green indoors, as exemplified by Leslie Halleck’s book Gardening Under Lights. Halleck fully equips readers with the information necessary to grow a variety of plants indoors. Not only does she cover the critical aspects of growing-lighting, pests, care, and more—readers will be pleased to find that Halleck also has a passion for making sure it all looks fantastic, too: “Growing plants and food indoors doesn’t have to be utilitarian; it can be a beautiful practice that blends into our living space and lifestyles,” she notes.


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Starting & Saving Seeds - buy now on Amazon

Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Flowers for Your Garden

Whether you’re just getting into gardening or you’re a gardening pro, Starting & Saving Seeds will guide you through the process of saving your own seeds and helping them flourish into strong, healthy, happy plants.


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The Gardens of Bunny Mellon - buy now on Amazon

The late Rachel “Bunny” Mellon designed some of the most renowned gardens in the world, including the Rose Garden and the East Garden at the White House (at the request of President Kennedy) and the gardens at the home and chateau of Hubert de Givenchy. Along with photography of the gardens Mellon designed, The Gardens of Bunny Mellon includes Mellon’s garden plans, sketches, and watercolors, as well as archival photographs. The text is based on extensive interviews author Linda Holden held with Mellon before her death.


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Honeybee Hotel - buy now on Amazon

The Waldorf Astoria's Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC

Honeybee Hotel tells how chef David Garcelon spearheaded the restoration of the rooftop at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, creating home to some 300,000 honeybees that provide unique flavor to his restaurant. The book details how the rooftop apiary came about, explains how a community was formed around the bees, and shows us that nature can thrive—even in urban environments.


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Gardenlust - buy now on Amazon

A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens

Get inspired by Gardenlust, a book that showcases 50 beautiful modern gardens around the world. Guiding readers through each garden is the author-plant guru, and renowned garden designer Christopher Woods whose background makes him the ideal garden guide: former director and chief designer at Chanticleer, vice president for horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, director of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, executive director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, and director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm. One reader gushes that “it could be awarded 5 stars just for the photography alone.”


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The History of Landscape Design in 100 Gardens
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Learn how the gardens of the past have influenced garden design today by exploring 100 of the most influential gardens in the world. Lecturer, teacher, and gardener Linda A. Chisholm, who teaches the history of landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden takes readers on this enchanting tour.


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Among Trees - buy now on Amazon

A Guided Journal for Forest Bathing

It’s no secret that immersing one’s self in nature has remarkable effects on mind and body. The purpose of this journal is to give you a way to record your trips into wild spaces, providing prompts that will help enhance your experience.


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Peony - buy now on Amazon

The Best Varieties for Your Garden

Are you interested in growing your own peonies but don’t know where to start? Learn from peony experts David C. Michener and Carol A. Adelman. In addition to providing the basics about peonies (the history, the types available, etc.), they share growing information for 194 of the best varieties.


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50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants - buy now on Amazon

The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat

Are deer demolishing your garden? Learn how you can take action without hurting the deer, using chemicals, or adding fencing. Ruth Rogers Clausen has compiled a list of 50 of the best plants that deer just won’t eat, including annuals and perennials, shrubs, ferns, bulbs, grasses, and herbs. For each plant, Clausen offers growing advice and even design tips.


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The New Shade Garden - buy now on Amazon

Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Not only does Ken Druse offer advice on making a shady spot in your garden beautiful, he addresses some common problems gardeners face such as watering with limited resources and planting in our changing climate. Druse guides readers through the whole process: designing, preparing the soil for planting, pruning, and more.


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Making the Most of Shade - buy now on Amazon

How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens up the Shadows

Find out how to create a lush garden that will thrive in the shade. In the first part of this book, readers will learn the nuts and bolts of shade gardening. The second part features nearly 300 shade-loving plants, including perennials, annuals, bulbs, ferns, ornamental grasses, and climbers.


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Power of Gardens - buy now on Amazon

Santa Monica-based Nancy Goslee Power is an award-winning garden designer who has built numerous public and private gardens in California, the East Coast, Australia, and Europe. This book highlights some of her designs and even includes an extensive list of some of her favorite trees and plants.


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Gardens Are For People - buy now on Amazon

This is a must-read for any gardener. In Gardens are For People, revered garden designer Thomas D. Church shares his gardening philosophies and imparts his extensive knowledge upon readers. Readers will certainly benefit from learning the four principles of his design process: unity, function, simplicity, and scale.


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The American Meadow Garden - buy now on Amazon

Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn

In The American Meadow Garden, John Greenlee teachers us how to incorporate natural grassland ecological and design principles into home landscapes. Greenlee describes meadows, or grass ecologies, in their broadest sense as the grassy openings in landscapes with trees—“the relief of a sunny opening after the dark drama of trees.” He rhapsodizes on their beauty: “Alive with rhythmic movement, catching both wind and light.” And he touts their sustainability: “Meadows require less maintenance and consume significantly less resources than lawn or border.”


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Planting in a Post-Wild World - buy now on Amazon

Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World calls on us to incorporate plants that are both reflective of our natural surroundings and can flourish in our built world. Thomas Rainer, a landscape architect, teacher, and writer; and Claudia West, with a background in horticulture, ecology, and environmental restoration, provide excellent guidance for anyone looking to bridge the gap between nature and their own garden.


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Heaven is a Garden - buy now on Amazon

Designing Serene Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection

Have you ever stepped into a garden and immediately felt a sense of calm wash over you? In Heaven is a Garden, landscape designer Jan Johnsen explains the elements that create that sensation—from a chart that details the impact colors have on our psyches to explaining why trickling water gives us energy. Johnsen makes sense of the mysteries of a tranquil garden, inspiring us to create our own serene escapes.


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The Right-Size Flower Garden - buy now on Amazon

Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices

Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the task of maintaining your garden? Gardener, writer, and teacher Kerry Ann Mendez provides simple changes you can make that will help you make smarter use of the space you have, and make gardening feel more enjoyable and less like a daunting chore.


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Grow What You Love - buy now on Amazon

12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life

Creator of the celebrated blog, Pass the Pistil, Emily Murphy shows how easy it is to grow your favorite produce. She shares how to fit gardening into modern life with little time or effort, as well as some of her favorite seasonal recipes.


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Groundbreaking Food Gardens - buy now on Amazon

73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden

This beautifully illustrated and fun-to-read book guides gardeners in creating imaginative, beautiful food gardens. You’ll get a variety of ideas that range from creating an edible garden that incorporates free-range chickens to designing a garden focused on growing chiles. You’ll also get a plethora of tips, including how to garden on patios and other small spaces and how to keep critters away from your food.


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Growing Beautiful Food - buy now on Amazon

A Gardener's Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit

Author Matthew Benson lives on Stonegate Farm in New York. The farm functions as a CSA, but its purpose is to get more people growing their own food. “I’m always delighted when CSA customers apologize for not renewing their memberships because they’ve decided to grow their own gardens,” Benson told Garden Design. “That means they want to bring the beauty they see at the farm back to their own garden. When that happens I feel like I’ve done my work.” In his book, Benson inspires us to eat better, be healthier, and live more sustainably by growing our own delicious food.


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The Complete Kitchen Garden - buy now on Amazon

An Inspired Collection of Garden Designs and 100 Seasonal Recipes

In her book, author and gardener Ellen Ecker Ogden fills us in on the basics of getting started with a kitchen garden, provides planting plans for kitchen gardens, and shares more than 100 recipes. If you’ve been on the fence about trying your hand at kitchen gardening, there’s no time like the present. As Ogden told Garden Design, “At a time when we are losing the genetic diversity of our food crops at an alarming rate, it’s vital we understand what we eat, grow it ourselves, know how to cook with it and preserve it, and then repeat the cycle.”


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The High Line - buy now on Amazon

In 2001, the Highline was on its way to being demolished. It was once an elevated stretch of freight railway that serviced the West Side of Manhattan but was abandoned when manufacturing businesses left the area and the last train ran on its overgrown tracks in 1980. Thanks to two local residents, Friends of the High Line was established. Fast-forward to the present: The High Line is now a beautiful, beloved attraction. This book shares how the project came to fruition, and gives the inside scoop on the planting design by Piet Oudolf, James Corner Field Operations, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.


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Hummelo - buy now on Amazon

A Journey Through a Plantsman's Life

World-renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf has designed some of the most admired gardens in the world, including the High Line in New York, the Lurie Garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park, and Hauser and Wirth in the UK. Hummelo is the story of the evolution of Oudolf’s personal garden, Hummelo, in the Netherlands. Readers will gain insights into Oudolf’s planting philosophies and techniques, allowing them to learn from the leader of garden design’s New Perennial movement.

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