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Inspirational garden books

These titles are ideal for novice and expert gardeners alike.


The Old Farmers Almanac (2019)

Robert B. Thomas

The Old Farmers Almanac has been published continuously since 1792, making it the oldest continuously published periodical in North America. It features everything from long-range weather predictions to information on the best days to garden, fish, view planets and meteor showers, and take vacations. The Farmers’ Almanac will state publicly only that their forecasting method is an “exclusive mathematical and astronomical formula, that relies on sunspot activity, tidal action, planetary position, and many other factors.” The Almanac’s forecaster is referred to by the pseudonym Caleb Weatherbee.


How to Grow Citrus Practically Anywhere

Darren Sherrif

If you’re new to gardening in the Lowcountry, this is the book for you. This comprehensive book includes when to plant your gardens, diseases you may see, insects, what kind of soil you will encounter, typical weather patterns and much more! It was written by Darren Sherrif, a Certified Professional Nurseryman in South Carolina.


The Carrot Seed

Ruth Krauss

This classic children’s storybook teaches the simple patience and technique of planting a seed and helping it grow. The book has been continuously printed since 1945.


Planting a rainbow

Lois Ehlert

This classic children’s storybook filled with an array of collages follows the progress of a mother and daughter as they plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings and watch them grow into a rainbow of colorful flowers.


Shrimp, Collards and Grits: Recipes, Stories and Art from the Creeks and Gardens of the Lowcountry

Pat Branning

This 144-page hardbound coffee table cookbook is filled with full-color pages of paintings from many Southern artists. Mouthwatering recipes with photographs illustrate the work of talented chefs and home cooks. Everything is simple, seasonal and Southern. You’ll want to curl up on your front porch rocker as author Pat Branning spins words into stories that capture life in the deep South below the Mason-Dixon line.


The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden

Ivette Soler

Put the fruits of your labors front and center. The Edible Front Yard isn’t about the typical veggie garden. The author is passionate about putting edibles up front and creating curb appeal.


Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

Brett L. Markham

Living on an island, there’s not a whole lot of room to start your own farm-style garden. However, this book is full of helpful information to help you move towards a completely sustainable garden farm on only a quarter of an acre.


Deep Rooted Wisdom

Augustus Jenkins Farmer

This beautiful book is a plea for us to take gardening back from the marketing companies and to return to traditional organic gardening, told through stories of old gardeners, farmers, and country people.