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If you own just one gardening book, this should be the one
on March 23, 2015
This is easily one of the best gardening books ever written. I first received it as a gift and now have given as a gift many times.
The book is exactly what is claims to be: a primer on gardening. Yes, there are most definitive and exhaustive books on most of the topics covered, but you simply won't find a better introduction to gardening and such a quick reference to so many gardens issues, plants and ideas. If I had to own just one gardening book, this would be it.
Barbara Damrosch is an excellent writer, her research is accurate and the book is written in a friendly, warm voice that will make you feel like an old friend in a matter of minutes. The pencil illustrations in the book are beautifully done and there are tons of them.
I buy tons of gardening books each summer at used book sales, and I end up giving most of them back the next year. This is the keeper.