From Calgary, there are two new releases in the handsome series of gardening guides focused on growing conditions in the Prairies. Created by certified master gardeners Janet Melrose and Sheryl Normandeau, the latest two editions are The Prairie Gardener’s Go-to for Seeds and The Prairie Gardener’s Go-to for Small Spaces.
The Prairie Garden is annual non-profit publication “dedicated to the advancement of horticulture in the northern Prairies.” The 2021 edition of The Prairie Garden focuses on flowering shrubs, especially roses.
The ambition of authors Monica Wiedel-Lubinski and Karen Madigan is to encourage more families to get outdoors so children can discover that nature is fun. In Nature Play Workshop for Families, they’ve provided a practical guide to 40+ outdoor learning experiences in all seasons to spark a connection to nature vital for children’s healthy growth and development.
In this down-to-earth guide, Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening, Matt Mattus curates a collection of plant suggestions for spring and summer blooms, both annuals and biennials.
In her new book, Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style , author Christin Geall elevates floral design to a fine art in this richly informative book on the principles of floral style.
Hardy Roses: The Essential Guide for High Latitudes and Altitudes, by Bob Osborne, is a new edition in 2020. Osborne, owner of Corn Hill Nursery in New Brunswick, has grown all of the roses he writes about, notably in harsh winter conditions without insecticides.
If you want to attract or identify birds in your garden, Feed the Birds could help. Designed as a resource for beginners as well as experienced birdwatchers, the book details 196 bird species attracted to backyard bird feeders with explanations about their behaviour and how they adapt to the environment. It also discusses a wide variety of feeders and seed types.
Saving Seeds book advocates that home gardens have the potential to preserve vital biodiversity, if only we would let plants go to seed, harvest and preserve them. Saving Seeds, covers the essentials of seed saving, including seed selection criteria, harvest and storage tips, the role of seed-saving communities and seed companies.
Planting the Natural Garden, by Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen is an updated and expanded edition of Oudolf’s popular book, first published 30 years ago, that introduced us to the beauty and benefits of using native and naturalistic plants in our gardens.
In New York City, Wave Hill overlooks the Hudson River in the Bronx. Ngoc Minh Ngo’s photographs and Thomas Christopher’s prose pay tribute to the garden’s beauty in all seasons in Nature Into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill.
After a long career in independent bookselling, Suzanne Staubach now writes and speaks about garden and ceramic history. Her latest book is A Garden Miscellany: An Illustrated Guide to the Elements of the Garden.
Not everyone has a garden, patio or balcony for growing plants. Tending plants indoor is a popular way for many people to indulge their love of green things. The new book by Hilton Carter, Wild At Home, is all about how to style and care for beautiful plants.
The third edition of Canadian Gardener’s Guide, edited by Lorraine Johnson, includes several new features, such as cold frame gardening, rain gardens and backyard homesteading.
Children’s gardening books are usually written by adults, but that’s not the case with Gardening with Emma, written by Emma Biggs, a 13-year-old gardener in Toronto.
In his book, Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles, nursery manager Mike Lascelle lists 100 perennials, trees, shrubs and vines that both look and taste good.
In The Fruitful City, Toronto-based writer Helena Moncrieff explores and celebrates the overlooked bounty of fruit growing in urban centres.
Niki Jabbour’s new book, Veggie Garden Remix, encourages gardeners to try “238 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden and Add Variety, Flavor, and Fun.”
Experimenting Landscapes book by Emily Waugh profiles many of the garden installations at the Métis International Garden Festival in Québec.
The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden is a combination cookbook and gardening guide, by Aaron Bertelsen, vegetable gardener and cook.
The new revised third edition of Lorraine Johnson’s book, 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens, is a testament to Lorraine’s expertise as well as a sign that interest in the subject is strong.