• Book Review – The Gardener’s Guide to Prairie Plants
    The Gardener’s Guide to Prairie Plants  By Neil Diboll & Hilary Cox  As both a gardener and a bibliophile, I splurged to buy this book (over $50 with tax here in Canada) because it sounded like an awesome guide to native plants, even if it was for a region slightly west of where I am […]
  • Book Review: Latin for Gardeners
    Book Review 4 – Latin for Gardeners  I thought I’d approach this book review a little differently. For those who struggle with the botanical names for plants, I’m going to give you some suggestions for useful books and provide some comparisons to help you decide which one (or ones) you might want to acquire.   A […]
  • A Garden for the Rusty-patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat for Native Pollinators 
    A Garden for the Rusty-patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat for Native Pollinators  By Lorraine Johnson and Sheila Colla with illustrations by Ann Sanderson  I am a long-time fan of Lorraine Johnson’s native plant gardening books. 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens, Grow Wild: Native-Plant Gardening in Canada and Northern United States, and The New Ontario […]
  • Book Review: The Northeast Native Plant Primer: 235 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden
    By Uli Lorimer A beautiful but brief synopsis of native trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, ferns, grasses, sedges and rushes suitable for gardens in the northeastern US and southeastern Canada (from the Maritimes through southern Quebec and into southern Ontario). I’ll start by saying that the quality of the book and the images is fabulous – […]
  • Native Plants of the Midwest
    Book Review 1 Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden By Alan Branhagan Publisher ‏ : ‎ Timber Press, 2016 Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 440 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1604695935 Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5” X11” Price: $44.47 (Amazon.ca); $38.97 (Amazon.com) This big and beautiful text is the Midwest’s […]