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

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"It's full of excellent advice delivered in Armitage's usual humor on a plant category that seems so benign at first planting, but can turn on you in the proverbial blink of an eye. He covers the good, bad, and ugly of vineage, introducing little known but well-behaved substitutions for some of Vinelands worst thugs. Suitable for all levels of gardeners."

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'Edible Landscaping'

Cathy Wilkinson Barash, who’s written some outstanding books of her own, including “Edible Flowers from Garden to Palate,” made a to-the-point comment: “Of course, I think Ros Creasy’s 'Edible Landscaping' (Sierra Club Books, $39.95) was a great new book last year."

She’s talking about the new edition of "The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping," originally published in 1982, which became a classic that showed gardeners that growing food didn’t have to take place in the backyard or be strictly utilitarian.

Calling this book a revision does it an injustice. This book is all new – and waiting to show a new generation of gardeners that they can have a gorgeous garden and eat it too, as Ros says.

Also a big fan of “Edible Landscaping” is Nan Sterman, garden designer, TV host, and speaker who blogs at Plant Soup and is the author of “California Gardener's Guide Vol. II” and “Waterwise Plants for the Southwest.”

“Ros Creasy's new ‘Edible Landscaping’ gets my vote, hands down,” Nan says. “It is without a doubt the most beautiful book I've ever seen, and one of the most important books of the year. Her first edition jump-started a revolution in gardening back in the early 1980s. This new edition will have an even bigger impact as a whole new generation is primed for exactly what it offers.

“And, in the intervening years,” she adds, “Ros has become the consummate photographer and writer. The book is fabulous.”

I agree that the book is fabulous and will have a more detailed review next week, so you’ll know just why you need to own this gorgeous book.


Judy Lowe is a long-time garden writer and blogger. Her latest book, about how to create many different types of herb theme gardens, has just been published.

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