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The Berry Grower's Companion

By Barbara L. Bowling

The only thing missing from Bowling's berry book is some freshly whipped cream and fluffy homemade shortcake; otherwise, this is as complete a guide to growing these delectable fruits as a gardener could want.


Now available in a convenient paperback format, this berry growing reference is an essential guide for anyone growing them for pleasure or for profit. Berry fruits have long been used and appreciated in the kitchen, but the aesthetic appeal and practical benefits they bring to the garden landscape are all too often ignored. Whether using strawberry plants for ground cover, enjoying the colorful autumn foliage of blueberry bushes, or training a grapevine to climb a trellis, gardeners will find that berry plants can make highly versatile contributions to a range of environments. Backyard gardeners, as well as small fruit growers and nursery people, will find an abundance of valuable, practical information in this volume, including plant lists and tables, cultivation tips, and color photographs for plant identification.

Media reviews

"A comprehensive guide to growing everything from strawberries to blueberries."

Library Journal

"You will feel like going out and buying multiple berry plants to tuck into your landscape."

National Gardener

"This is by far the best book on berries I've seen."

—John Van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger

"This tome is a great reference, full of useable information and readable text."

—Dale Langford, Rocky Mountain News

"If you are a garedener or berry grower, The Berry Grower's Companion is the book for you!"

Greensboro Watchman

"The book is written in an easily readable and highly enjoyable form, with good lessons in biology as well as the practical aspects of growing your own."

—Guy Nesom, Sida, Contributions to Botany

"This is a must for any serious berry grower. You won't need any other book!"

—Alana Mezo, Chicago Botanic Garden

"The author's enthusiasm and her passion for the subject are obvious, as are her knowledge and practical experience."

—Jim Arbury, Garden (Peterborough)

"A charming, personable, and information–packed book ."

SciTech Book News

"This book supersedes all earlier books on producing 'major' small fruit ... organized superbly, nicely indexed ... best book of its type!"


"[The author's] own enthusiasm for the subjects is apparent throughout the book as she converses like an old friend."

—Robin Farrel Edmunds, ForeWord

"Bowling has presented a thorough treatment of the science and art of selecting, growing, caring for, maintaining, using, and everything else but eating all kinds of berries."

—Paul A. Mogren, American Reference Books Annual

"[Barbara L. Bowling's] style is warm and readable, and her enthusiasm for these plants is contagious."

Berry Works News

"A book useful for all berry growers from the beginner to commercial operations."

National Gardener

"Beginner and novice alike will find more than enough guidance on fertilization, pruning, trellising, and harvesting, as well as the simplest and least toxic ways to control pests and diseases."

—Roer B. Swain, Horticulture

"This book covers strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and more small fruit that can produce bountiful harvests."

American Gardener

"The only thing missing from Bowling's berry book is some freshly whipped cream and fluffy homemade shortcake; otherwise, this is as complete a guide to growing these delectable fruits as a gardener could want."


"It should prove an indispensable guide for beginning and professional berry growers alike."

Berry Grower's Companion

"The berry fruits are an important interest for many gardeners, but the best berry books are long out-of-print, so we welcome The Berry Grower's Companion."

Avant Gardener

"The most comprehensive berry book we have seen. The expert author extensively explains cultivar selection, diseases, soils, pruning and using berries in your landscape. It even includes grapes, currants, gooseberries and minor fruits. Beautiful photos and illustrations. A must for the serious home berry grower's library."

Raintree Nursery Catalog

"Whether you are a beginner or a professional in berry growing, The Berry Grower's Companion will be a useful book listing varieties for different regions and giving important tips, reminders and up-to-date advice."

North American Bramble Growers Association Newsletter

"The Berry Grower's Companion is much like its subject matter: full of substance, jam-packed with enriching material, and very flavorful. ... Entertaining, a work for both the berry gardener and the berry lover. ... Her work is indispensable."

American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Newsletter

About the author

Barbara L. Bowling

Barbara L. Bowling (formerly Goulart) names small fruits as one of her greatest passions. She has worked as a professor of horticulture since 1984, and is an active researcher and educator of small-fruit growers and enthusiasts. Barbara frequently lectured at the regional and national level and contributed to a variety of industry publications.

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