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The Top 100 Gardening Books of All Time (Give or Take 97)

Written by Alan Ray and updated on January 12, 2018
Reading a book by the garden

If you already know what type flower that is, which trees grow best in your area of the country or which flora should be used to curb erosion as well as the best time to cut back your roses or how to design a garden, then you don't need a gardening book.

In fact, you could probably write one.  

In the event however, that you don't know everything there is to know about gardening, Organic Daily Post has gone retro to bring you reviews of our 3 favorite, fully comprehensive vintage gardening books of all time to help you become a garden maven.

An apparent gardener whose name is now lost to the ages stated, “Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.” How right that funny little line is. Working in the garden can be rewarding on so many levels. Digging in the earth can be very therapeutic mentally, spiritually and physically.

Physically, working outdoors and getting lots of vitamin D-packed sunshine while breaking a little sweat is really good for the body. Gardening can be a nice mental vacation as well from the crazy world we all live in today.  

From a spiritual standpoint, nervous energy is quietly replaced with a sense of calm and peace when we begin to work with nature and the garden is the perfect prayer mat. Yes, a good day in the garden is worth its weight in Valium.

Let's get started.

The Greatest Gardening Books

These 20th century gardening companions are sure to enlighten, encourage and inspire you to create the garden of your dreams easier and more beautifully than you may have ever imagined. Admittedly, there are newer books on the market and most are very thorough and even plant-specific that you can buy but these books are special.

One thing is certain, knowledge never goes out of style and when you combine it with well thought out plans, an encyclopedia of plants along with beautiful designs, you get an indispensable book replete with hundreds of beautiful pictures and even some cool recipes.

So unless you are going totally plant specific in your garden, you really don't need any other books beyond the three you are about to discover as they cover practically all things gardening including landscaping. 

The Complete Garden Guide

The Complete Garden Guide is the first book on our list and lives up to its title. This all encompassing reference book contains enough information to plant a world let alone a garden. First published in 1999 by Time-Life Books, a more replete book on gardening would be hard to find.

While some newer indoor growing techniques may have evolved such as hydroponics, aeroponics and aquaponics since its publication, this book is for outdoor gardens and encompasses every aspect of gardening you would ever need to achieve whatever growing goals you may have set for yourself.

“'A Comprehensive Reference for all Your Garden Needs' reads the cover just below the title--and truer words were never written.”

Inside the Book 

You will find 14 chapters and nearly a thousand pages of highly informative, step-by-step instruction covering every aspect of gardening. This tome features avenues of gardening seldom included in traditional garden books. 

Chapter 1 opens with steps on how to design your garden with beautifully inspiring photographs and time-tested methods guaranteed to give your garden that pop it may have been missing in years gone by.   

With these step-by-step and easy to follow instructions, you'll quickly learn to grow an endless variety of flowers, shrubs and plants like a professional. Additionally, below are a few of the beautiful gardens you can create.

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    Flower gardens
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    Vegetable gardens
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    Herb gardens
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    Songbird gardens
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