Thursday, March 6, 2014

Do you dig gardening?

Spring is just around the corner and now is an ideal time to start planning your garden! Maybe you’re looking for ways to reinvent your yard, or perhaps you’re just starting out and need some good advice. Whatever your level of expertise, the Georgia Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers by Erica Glasener and Walter Reeves will provide useful information on what plants will thrive in our hot, humid environment.  As the authors point out, knowing what plants are best for your area can make the difference between a beautiful garden, or a miserable failure!  

Glasener and Reeves start their book with some basic gardening advice for Georgia gardeners, and then break the book up into sections focusing on the various types of plants (annuals, bulbs, ferns & groundcovers, etc.). Each chapter includes general growing information by plant type, and then recommends specific cultivars that will do well in Georgia gardens.  Each plant description includes both the common and botanical names, a color photograph, the bloom period and seasonal colors, the height and spread of the plant when mature, planting instructions, growing tips, and more. Gardeners who enjoy visiting community spaces for added inspiration will also be happy to find a list of public gardens in the back of the book.  

For those who are not familiar with either author, Erica Glasener is a horticulturist, author and lecturer, and the host of HGTV’s A Gardener’s Diary (find out more about Erica at:  Walter Reeves is the host of The Lawn and Garden Show radio call-in show on NewsTalk WSB.  He also writes a weekly column of garden questions and answers for the Thursday Living section of The Alanta Journal-Constitution (find out more about Walter at:
To request this book click on the title or cover above.

Review by Christina J. J. Gangwisch

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