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The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book (Paper)) 9th Edition
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In the old edition, in the beginning there is a section called "A Guide to Plant Selection" (includes special effects, special situation, and basic landscaping) it is now called "Plant finder". The main difference is the new edition no longer has a symbol for the amount of water each plants uses, however, that information is still listed in the "encyclopedia" section.
Buy it, you will be happy you did, it is the best gardening book you can own!
The Plant Finder lists in the front have been revamped, with the old sections on broad categories of plants such as "annuals, "vines" and "ferns" replaced with more useful sections on "ornamental edibles", "plants that attract beneficial insects", "sculptural plants", "plants for moon gardens" and more. Altogether a solid improvement, given the Plant Finder lists are already broken down by type of plant. Having "trees" listed separately was kind of overkill given that you'd be better served by going to the section that most matches your garden, such as "plants for shade", and looking for tree ideas there.
Even better is the thematic direction they're taking. There's a definitely move towards clever sustainability and a contemporary style. While I buy the book for the Plant Finder lists and encyclopedia, I confess that the new emphasis on gorgeous design had me sitting down to read more carefully. The sections in the back about different ways to use both small and large succulent plants had me jotting down ideas. I just wish the book had a "pin it" button so I could add the pics to my Pinterest boards!
My very favorite aspect of the new book is their serious discussion of regional design. A garden should have a sense of place and reflect the region it grows in.Read more ›
See my review of the 2001 edition of this book, which was the last edition to have a complete overhaul, much of it rewritten.
P.S. The information about the binding and decision to include more pictures at the expense of text is not speculation on my part. I have dozens of discussions with one of the senior editors about this edition and why Sunset made some of the decisions they did.
If you wnat to buy this book, here's the one I prefer
Sunset Western Garden Book
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Must have for Western gardeners. Folks new to the desert southwest need a guide for the new rules of gardening in the desert.Published 16 days ago by Daniel Miller
I am using this book as a resource. While a little complicated it has huge amounts of information, great pictures and wonderful guidance.A must for every Gardner.Published 20 days ago by Patricia Smith
bought to replace the one I gave away to a budding teenage gardenerPublished 1 month ago by calaughingdog
If you live in the west and enjoy to garden then you need this book........enough said.Published 1 month ago by thats me
This is a useful reference book. Not a whole lot of info on each plant, but enough for most purposes.Published 2 months ago by nancyOR
This is a new version of old classic. I recently used it to select plants that are hopefully significantly less work to manage than what we had. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is an incredible resource but this edition is terrible. Unless you are in the practice of using and identifying all plants by genus (or you thrive on using Latin), you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nanika Lee
These is used as a text for Charmaine's (I bet she is Mrs. Got Rocks) Plant Identification Classes at City College of San Francisco.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer