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More great garden books

Garden writers recommend more of the books that really impressed them in the past year.

By / March 30, 2011

Are you looking for an outstanding garden book, one that's a keeper and you refer to over and over?

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I asked some of my fellow garden writers to recommend the best garden books they read last year. (Click here to read the first part of this discussion, which is filled with even more recommendations.)

Mentors in the garden and in life

“My favorite is ‘Mentors in the Garden of Life’ by Colleen Plimpton ($16.95, paperback, Park East Press)," says Martha Stoodley, who blogs at All the Dirt on Gardening.

“It is a series of short stories about family, friends, life, plants, and how they all tie together over the course of a lifetime. Really, it's soulful and delicious.”

If you’d like to see what others think, Martha also provided a link to the Amazon reviews of “Mentors in the Garden of Life.”

And here’s a You Tube video of Colleen reading from the book.

Dan Clost, who writes the Good Earth column for a Canadian newspaper and is the author of “Take Time: Reflections for Gentle Reader,” also recommends “Mentors in The Garden of Life.” In fact, he calls it his “favorite read” of the year.

" ‘Mentors in the Garden of Life’ is different from any gardening book I have read,” he says. “The pages are filled with the people who colored Colleen's life with the love of gardening. This is a testimony that graces the folks who passed on gardening knowledge, mostly, to her from the earliest days 'til present.

“One of Colleen's abilities is the knack of bringing these people to life, so much so that their personages form in your mind so clearly that you might have a conversation with them.”

'Thoughtful Gardening'

Along with several writers in yesterday’s post, Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine, recommends “Robin Lane Fox's book “Thoughtful Gardening” (Basic Books, $29.95). “His short essays are interesting, informative, and based on 40 years of gardening, writing, and traveling to gardens around the world,” she says.

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