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3 gift ideas for the garden geek

by Timber Press on December 11, 2017

in Gardening, Natural History

All gardeners are geeks in their own way but some gardeners dig deeper than others, seeking to discover how far the roots really go. For some people, plants are more than plants. They might be symbols of beauty (rose), peace (olive branch), perfection (orchid), or even death (poppy). Plants can be keys to understanding human history, a path to revelation, and the ingredients of better health. Many plants become objects of fascination because of their unique, often bizarre, qualities. Here are three gift ideas for the garden geek in your life:
Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants in Your Garden
by Noel Kingsbury

Every garden plant has an origination story and Garden Flora shares them in a beautifully compelling way. This lushly illustrated survey of 133 of the most commonly grown plants explains where each plant came from and the journey it took into home gardens. Kingsbury tells intriguing tales of the most important plant hunters, breeders, and gardeners throughout history, and explores the unexpected ways plants have been used.

 

Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Grower’s Guide to Mycorrhizae
by Jeff Lowenfels

Teaming with Fungi is an important guide to mycorrhizae and the role they play in agriculture, horticulture, and hydroponics. Almost every plant in a garden forms a relationship with fungi, and many plants would not exist without their fungal partners. By better understanding the relationship, gardeners can take advantage of the benefits of fungi, which include an increased uptake in nutrients, resistance to drought, earlier fruiting, and more.

 

 

Bizarre Botanicals
by Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross

There are many who can’t resist a carnival sideshow. Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross are two such people. In Bizarre Botanicals, they take us on a tour of the plant kingdom freak show, from insect-eating flowers to spores that can burst into flame. But the book isn’t just a ticket to watch the show, Mellichamp and Gross provide instructions to grow each of the seventy-eight plants profiled, allowing you to erect your own carnival tent at home.

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