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Favourite gardening books

Horticultural experts across the country pick their favourite tomes

Bob Osborne, Corn Hill, N.B.
Owner, Corn Hill Nursery

Hortus Third, published by the L.H. Bailey Hortorium, is the ultimate in nomenclature books—a general standard. It tells me everything I want to know about a species, such as its hardiness and the varieties within that species.”

John Valleau, Jordan, Ont.
Corporate horticulturist, Heritage Perennials; author, Perennial Gardening Guide

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden by Tracy DiSabato-Aust. She's the deadhead queen and has tried it all: the maintenance, staking, dividing and care of perennials. This is the one guide that helps me garden better.”

Brian Minter, Chilliwack, B.C.
President, Minter Gardens and Country Garden Limited

Sunset Western Garden Book, edited by Kathleen Norris Brenzel, is the one I use all the time. It's great for looking up things I tend to forget, like slight differences between zones, and for listings of plants, such as the ones deer won't eat, seaside plants and bog plants. There are so many issues on the West Coast, [this book is] great for advice on how to plant in difficult situations.”

Kristl Walek, North Gower, Ont.
Owner, Gardens North seed house and nursery

“Britton and Brown's An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada. Because I specialize in native plants, this is the book I need to identify species I find in the wild. I also use it as a general source book when I compile my website and catalogue listings. I prefer very detailed floras, rarely general books.

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