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Gardening: Row by Row
Recommended titles on gardening, urban landscapes, and flowers.
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Title: Care Free Plants : a Guide to Growing the 200 Hardiest, Low-Maintenance, Long-Living Beauties.
Publisher: Reader's Digest (2002)
ISBN: 0762103582
Call Number: 635.9 C18f
Notes: Great quick reference - information is limited to one page with useful color illustrations and fundamental facts.

 
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Title: Garden Color
Publisher: Better Homes and Gardens (2003)
ISBN: 0696215349
Call Number: 635.968 G1665C
Notes: Plan the colors of your garden from season to season to reflect your personal style.

 
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Title: Armitage's Garden Perennials : a Color Encyclopedia
Author: Armitage, Allan M
Publisher: Timber Press (2000)
ISBN: 0881924350
Call Number: 635.932 AR55AR
Notes: Written by the dean of American plantsmen, this folksy, well-researched guide to winter-hardy plants is available in both traditional book form and as an eBook through NetLibrary.

 
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Title: The Philadelphia Garden Book : a Gardeners Guide for the Delaware Valley
Author: Ball, Liz
Publisher: Cool Springs Press (1999)
ISBN: 1888608463
Call Number: 635.9097 B21P
Notes: A good straightforward guide to native trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and pond plants in the Delaware Valley.

 
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Title: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!
Author: Bartholomew, Mel
ISBN: 1591862027
Call Number: 635 B283A
Notes: This author is big on raised beds and really does measure everything out! This is a useful guide even if you are not and never hope to be that meticulous. Limited copies available.

 
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Title: The Well-Tended Perennial Garden : Planting & Pruning Techniques
Author: DiSabato, Tracy
Publisher: Timber Press (1999)
ISBN: 0881924148
Call Number: 635.932 D63W
Notes: Although the Free Library does not own many copies of this title, this book is the essential guide to how to care for perennials, keeping them healthy and in bloom for as long as possible.

 
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Title: Sunset Northeastern Landscaping Book
Author: Druse, Ken
Publisher: Sunset Books (2000)
ISBN: 037603520X
Call Number: 712 SU74N
Notes: All the Sunset Press books are well-done and all the Ken Druse books are well-written and presented. This one is an excellent guide to gardening in our part of the country.

 
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Title: Irish Gardens
Author: FitzGerald, Olda
Publisher: Hearst Books (1999)
ISBN: 068816885X
Call Number: 712.0941 F576I
Notes: Twenty gardens from different areas of Ireland are featured. The history of each garden is given along with much description and lavish photographs.

 
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Title: Annuals for Every Purpose
Author: Hodgson, Larry (2002)
ISBN: 0875968244
Call Number: 635.9312 H668A
Notes: Two-page layouts on every annual imaginable, including recently introduced species that have been showing up in places like Lowe's rather than specialty nurseries

 
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Title: Gardens of Philadelphia & the Delaware Valley
Author: Klein, William
Publisher: Temple University Press (1995)
ISBN: 1566393132
Call Number: 712.0974 K672G
Notes: This lavishly-illustrated history and guide covers 44 of the best gardens in the Delaware Valley.