- Series: Sunset Western Garden Book
- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Oxmoor House; 8 edition (February 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0376039167
- ISBN-13: 978-0376039163
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 231 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts (Sunset Western Garden Book) 8th Edition
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The Western Garden Book presents hundreds of pages full of gardening wisdom from the editors of Sunset magazine. This huge book appeals to western climate gardening enthusiasts, bringing them tips, advice, and information on the latest gardening tools and gear. This revised edition is a welcome update to the reference book that has served the needs of Western gardeners for over 50 years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
I'm going to check and see if they reinstated the plant index in later versions and, if they didn't, I'll probably actually buy an EARLIER version to use -- this one is that cumbersome.
This latest 2007 edition improves that greatly. Every page has color, and there are tons of helpful illustrations to show beginners how to propagate, prune, and do a number of other basic gardening tasks. There are a lot more photos than in the old book, and they are vivid, larger than before, and are much better at illustrating how the plant really looks.
Another thing that is neat about this edition is that the plant index has been eliminated. You just go to the alphabetical listing of what you are looking for, and if you have the wrong name or a common name, a short listing will direct you to the correct page. The last version had a plant index as well as a vocabulary index, and so I'd often be flipping through the wrong index - but this book eliminates that totally. Incorporating the index into the rest of the book makes things a lot more intuitive to find. And fruits and veggies are listed by their common names, which is nice. I know when most people think of an apple, they don't think to connect that with the genus Malus.
All the plant lists, such as for deer-resistant plants or other special considerations, have been revised and updated, and there are still glossy photographs of many of the listed plants.
Even if you have the last edition available, this book is well worth the $23 to upgrade. It is really so much more helpful than before, and is a real pleasure to read.