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The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book) [Paperback]

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February 7, 2012 0376039205 978-0376039200 9

As surely as gardens change with the seasons, gardening is ever changing. New plants, techniques, materials, and lifestyles are constantly broadening the choices you have and reshaping the way you garden in the West. In response to this natural evolution, the editors of Sunset-the West's most trusted source of gardening information for more than 80 years-have completely redesigned and updated The Western Garden Book in this new 2012 Ninth Edition. Following the best-selling success of the previous editions of The Western Garden Book, this edition includes a fresh new look, thousands of color photographs, fresh illustrations, and an easy-to-follow format. Written by experts for gardeners in the West, this book is an indispensable reference for beginning and expert gardeners alike.

The New Western Garden Book features include:
A photo gallery shows the West's most innovative gardens, from all-edibles front yards to stylish water-wise and fire-wise gardens to living walls and green roofs-all with ideas you can use.
Climate Zone Maps and growing-season graphs for all regions of the West including Alaska and Hawaii.
A new "Plant Finder" section helps you choose plants for their garden's problem areas or for special effects.
"A to Z Plant Encyclopedia" lists some 8,000 plants that thrive in the West, including more than 500 new ones. Gorgeous color photographs illustrate all plant entries-for the first time ever in The Western Garden Book.
"Gardening From Start to Finish" is a new visual guide that leads readers through all steps of making a garden, from soil prep through planting, growing and care, with special sections on natives, veggies, grasses and more.


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About the Author

For more than half a century, Sunset has been helping readers remodel their homes and improve their lives. Sunset has a circulation of over 1.1 million and a readership of 5.325 million.


Product Details

  • Series: Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 9 edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0376039205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376039200
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy I updated from the eighth edition February 22, 2012
By andy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was hesitant to purchase the new edition since my old one still has its binding on it. I am very happy I did. It says there are over 500 new plants. I really like the new section in the back of the book "Gardening, Start to Finish" it includes Plan, Dig, Plant, Containers, and a large section called Grow, it is broken down into sections like; trees, veggies, herbs, vines, natives, succulents, etc.

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!
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing June 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
I usually buy each new edition of this book when it comes out. But this edition really missed the boat. The value of the book was that if you buy a plant that is new to you, you could find it in the book because the plants are cross referenced by common names - they redirect one to the proper name. In the new book this is missing. There is no way to find a plant unless you know the proper name in advance. For a lot of the plants I buy, I don't know the proper name, and I've been gardening for more than 50 years.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
If you're a gardener on the West Coast, you already know this book is a must-have. The only real question is, will you upgrade to the new edition? You may be wondering how different it could be from the old version. Well, for one, it has photos in the encyclopedia. Yep, the charming but often-frustrating illustrations have been replaced with vivid, beautiful photographs. And thank god, they put back the plant index, which was missing in the last edition.

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.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Older version is way better! April 26, 2012
By Looseyb
Format:Paperback
I'm very disappointed with the new version of this book. Yes, there are some new plants, but there are also a lot of entries that are no longer in the book. I was tempted to send it back, but for $20 it didn't seem worth it. The drawings in the previous version were way more informative than the photos in this book are. For example check out "Araucaria" and compare the old version to the new. I liked the entries in the old book which give you common names then the Latin names so you can go look up the plant. In my opinion, this book is a step back, not forward.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Essential section missing April 16, 2012
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Finally broke down and purchased the 2012 New Western Garden Book to replace my worn 1972 edition. While it is beautifully seductive with 4-color throughout, did I miss something? The entire section on Propagation Techniques was absent so was glad I hadn't yet donated my trusty 1972 edition to the local library.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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The Sunset Western Garden Book is the gardener's bible in the western US. I'm a Master Gardener and we recommend this book over all other general books for the home gardener. It has pretty much anything a home gardener will need or want to know. Don't buy it if you live east of the Rockies because it won't apply to you.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars left out and forgotten March 30, 2012
By dmp
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This new garden guide is a disappointment when compared to the last issue of the guide. First, the "hard cover" is cheap and flimsy. Entries in the latest version are missing as I checked the two side by side. I find the new format awkward. The beautiful layout pictures for specialized areas for garden areas are greatly reduced. I am sorry to say that the current issue of this guide is a drastic disappointment when compared to the earlier books that had the look and feel of a fine reference guide.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not like to old book May 26, 2013
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The new book lists many outdoor plants but does not include when to plant, in what kind of soil, and how to prune. Does not include indoor plants. The old book did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best gardening book for your money
Pictures are beautiful, information is written so that anyone can clearly understand it. For my money, this is the best gardening book available. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Laurie J Minichiello
1.0 out of 5 stars The material in the book was fine. However
The material in the book was fine. However, I gave the book as a gift. therefore was disappointed that it arrived with some damage from shipping.
Published 9 days ago by mediamax-hrb
5.0 out of 5 stars The Standard!
I really like this book. We are trying to switch from grass to low water need, decorative plantings. This shows the size and pictures of each.
Published 19 days ago by Steven Sands
4.0 out of 5 stars asu required book
Was exactly what I was looking for! Was a lot cheaper than buying from a retail store! Thanks so much!
Published 23 days ago by Trina
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this
This book is amazing. I love how it is organized by type of garden style, sun, shade, tropic... as well as what plants are natural to your zone. Tons of photos. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Conner's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous guide!
I love this book! We're just starting to learn plant names for our area and it's so helpful to have the western plants separated out, so that we can just focus on those in our... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joni L. Wilmoth
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I recently lost my copy of my garden book and had to replace it. Wow, I can't live without this book and it's been updated so it was a win-win.
Published 1 month ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunset Western Garden Book
I have used tis book for reference for over 40 years. I noticed that the format had seemed to change a little. It' still a great book for anyone that does garding
Published 1 month ago by Mary l hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Now to find a nursery with the plants I want
Beautiful pictures, layout and information. I feel so powerful. I've read through and discovered a number of plants that will tolerate my climate zone and poor soil, plus not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by WriteOn
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Perfect! Love this book. I shipped it to my daughter & son-in-law for their new home. Thank you very much.
Published 2 months ago by Peggy Kite
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