We all spend oodles of time on the internet these days looking for the best resources for gardening – be it tips, most tolerant plants, books to help guide us create the perfect garden or space, shows, gardens to visit, and more.
I am forever expanding my books and resources, however, there are also the favorites I always fall back upon. You can become consumed by gardening information from catalogues and the internet. Find your favorites and still be open to new resources and recommendations, especially with our environment and climate always changing….
As far as the internet is concerned; do your homework and find a reputable source to rely on. Often joining different local organizations can open doors to both experts and local gardeners with good sound workable advise. Don’t rely on just one resource, find and cross reference your information. And, of course, you know what they say – ‘Practice your obtained information, only you know if it works for you. I love this saying -
Reading is good but the garden is the best teacher.
- Christine Allison, 1995
Here are some of my favorite sources for reference -
The Garden Web - www.gardenforum.com
This forum helps New Englanders share their experiences and offer advice with other gardeners with lots of pictures and resources.
The Massachuseets Horticultural Society - www.masshort.org
Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture, and developing the public’s enjoyment, apprecaition, and understanding of plants and the enviroment. A non-profit organization and charitable organization.
The New England Wildflower Society - www.newfs.org
The nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservancy, horticulture, and education. They offer education programs, and a showcase of native plants in Framingham, MA
The Arnold Arboretum - www.arboretum.harvard.edu
An interantional center for the study of plants. This center is a living premier destination for deepening the understanding and appreciation of plants, horticulture, and biodiversity. This beautiful arboretum has 281 acres of living plants including shrubs, trees, and vines. They offer education to adults and children, and visitors. It is free to the public.
The Plants Database @ Dave’s Garden - www.davesgarden.com
A wonderful database where you can reseach any plant either by name or by characteristics. The site also offers lots of information from gardeners around the world including articles and videos, and a great chat room. Membership is free.
The University Center for Agriculture Food & the Environment - www.ag.umass.edu
Answers any possible question about any kind of garden space. They offer fact sheets, resources like food safety, pest alerts, pest control articles; and many services including soil testing and plant analysis. An unquestionably reliable resource.
Garden Guides - www.gardenguides.com
Your guide to everything gardening. A great resource for gardening enthusiasts, providing a wonderful expansive selection of informtion on how-tos, plant information, garden facts and tips, seasonal information,and techniques, latest tools and plants. All types of infomation for both the novice and the expert gardener.
Massachusetts Audubon Society - www.massaudubon.org
Tips on gardening, environments to plant to attract native habitats like hummingbirds, bluebirds, butterflies. The offer educational classes and many many habitats to visit all over the state.
Grow Native Massachusetts - www.grownativemass.org
As a landscape designer this is a very valuable site for me. Their site and organization offer both insight to how important it is to not only recognize but support and practice protecting our biodiversity and natural and native environment. We all need to contribute to the creation of essential habitats for our birds, butterflies, and wildlife.
The Heart of New England - www.theheartofnewengland.com
Offers a calendar of events, travel, recipes, events, and resources for local education and, of course, gardening how-to articles. Worth the visit.
Organic Gardening - www.organicgardening.com
Full of growing guides for vegetables, trees and shrubs, perennials. Great source for answering your questions regarding organic gardening. There are growing guides and an on line encyclopendial for all types of gardening advise.
MY BOOKS –
New to my library -
Northeast Fruit & Vegetable Gardening by Charlie Nardozzi
The author selecting over 60 fruits, vegetables, and herbs to write about that would be successful in the diverse growing condtions of Northeast gardens with the added advice of how to extend your growing season. There are helpful charts and graphs to assist the gardener.
Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening by Mike & Mary Chute
Both are rosarians and Master Gardeners of the University of Rhode Island. Written as a hands-on know-how book for local rose collectors and gardeners. Filled with lots of useful advise for selecting, growing, and maintaining roses locally with success.
AHS-Northeast SmartGarden Guide by Rita Pelczar and Trevor Cole
One of four volumes written to provide practical advise for creating a beautiful and earth friendly garden in the Northeast. Hundreds of beautiful color photographs of a variety of gardens in differen sites and settings. Filled with garden advise and techniques.
New England Gardener’s Resource by Jacqueline Heriteau
A book written by gardening experts with a collection of wisdom in one complete guide for New England gardeners.
MY GO TO BOOKS -
The Self Sufficient Gardener by John Seymour
I have had this book for 30 years. It was given to me by my mother who also used it as a resource. It is my always go to book when looking for information. It is a classic filled with wonderful bright color illustrations and a wealth of knowledge.
Rodales All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening – Fern Bradley and Barbara Ellis
Over 400 entries of the most practical, up-to-date gardening information ever, collected from garden experts and writers nationwide!
The New Kitchen Garden by Anna Pavard
Another book I have had for quite a few years. It is a contemporary version of the long-vanished institution, the potager, now reappearing in many gardens with vegetables and flowers growing together as both productive and pleasing to the eye. It takes in the idea that space is limited to many of us and utilizing precious unused plots, especially in the city, is important to both the community and to the self psychy. It’s a fun book but filled with useful information, as well.
The Betty Crocker Home Library-Kitchen Gardens by Mary Campbell
A beautiful classic book filled with gorgeous garden illustrations by the well-known artist Tasha Tudor. The illustrations depict the gardens of the author and illustrator. The book compiles everything you will need to know to create your own kitchen garden to enhance your meals with delicious vegetables and herbs. A fun book for you and children too.
Burpees The Seed Starter by Maureen Heffernan
A detailed plant encyclopedia of over 300 of the best annuals, perennials, vegetables,a nd herbs – listing all the basic growing needs of each plant. Information includes information on starting seeds both indoors and outdoors, fertilizing, watering, thinnning, transplanting, troubleshooting, and much more. Lots of color photos.
Oriental Vegetables – Joy Larkcom
Joy is a great author writing a guide to growing vegetable of the Far East after 10 years of research. This is a whole new world of vegetables and she offers information on how to grow such delictable gems such as orental eggplant, leafy mustards, cabbage, etc. The book is full of infomation on those vegetables that are versatile and easy to grow and use. She also offers a selection of recipes for these offerings…
Other – Catalogues -
Don’t forget the great calalogues that you order your seeds and plants from. Many offer great information on starting seeds, growing, cultivating, fertilizing, harvesting, organic gardening, pest control, etc.