Consider these books as a source of inspiration and consolation when you miss gardening

Consider these books as a source of inspiration and consolation when you miss gardening ...

CORVALLIS Why not read about it? When the looming winter storms us, books give us hope. Even gardeners who love winter enjoy a good read.

A list of these 11 books recommended by Oregon State University Extension horticulturists shows one reader's love for trees; A popular book by Hope Jahren reveals the story of two scientists and their love for trees; Olive Flippi reveals the important subject of gardening in dry climates; a short-season vegetable gardening is ideal for central and eastern Oregon gardeners.

Weve given you a list of 11. Theyd make great holiday gifts. Find them online or check with your local library or bookstores.

For gardeners who love to know the origins of their favorite plants this is a gem of information. It examines the history and origin of these plants and who discovered them. The author makes the sharing of plant discovery since the 1500s very entertaining and educates the reader on how many of these ornamental plants were also used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. The book is filled with excellent photographs and maps of plant origins to support the narrative.

Steve Reinquist, an OSU Extension horticulturist in Douglas County, is working on a job.

"I really like 'Trees to Know in Oregon.' It is a good choice for anyone who has ever wondered, "What kind of tree is that?" The book reveals both native and commonly planted ornamental trees in our area, as well as easy-to-use methods for identifying unknown conifers and broadleaf trees.

In early 2021, a new edition will be published.

Marion County, OSU Extension horticulturist Heather Stoven

"I like this book. It's a great science book but also covers plant ecology and physiology quite a bit. "Lab Girl" is a beautifully written and oftentimes hilarious memoir about the work and friendship of two scientists, and their absolute love affair with, and reverence for trees."

Gail Langellotto, an OSU Extension Master Gardeners horticulture professor and nationwide coordinator, has been appointed.

If you want to cultivate with limited water, then you may do nothing better than this book. It consists of beautiful, resilient groundcovers for terraces, paved areas, gravel, and other alternatives to the lawn. This book, a comprehensive description, is the most comprehensive I've ever explored in dry gardening.

Neil Bell, an OSU Extension horticulturist, has served as a consultant in Marion and Polk County.

Through this beautiful book, you may acquire knowledge and appreciation of the plant kingdom using the pattern technique. Related plants have similar flower, leaf, and stem traits. Examine plant traits by family

Weston Miller, an OSU Extension horticulturist, is based in Washington, Pennsylvania, and Clackamas County.

"A concise collection of flora, most of it herbaceous, which would be beneficial in a somewhat remote meadow setting, either rural or urban. It is a huge source of plant options that eliminates the need to strain what we have left of our gray matter after this horrific year."

Al Shay, the senior instructor and curator of the Oak Creek Center for Urban Agriculture, Corvallis

"This book for eastern Oregon vegetable gardeners is absolutely indispensable. It includes season extension and cultivar suggestions, and it contains tons of excellent charts, tables, and photos, the best book I've ever encountered so far for short-season vegetable gardeners. Worth every penny."

Nicole Sanchez, horticulturist for the OSU Extension in Klamath County, has been appointed.

"The author is well versed in botany and traditional ecological knowledge of plants and she finds meaning in both ways of seeing human interactions with them." Kimmerer is well-known for its research on where science and traditional ecological knowledge overlap, and is also a fan of many avid gardeners and naturalists. "Braiding Sweetgrass" is also available as an audiobook read by the author, which has a beautiful, soothing voice.

The county of Linn and Benton has Elizabeth Records, the director of the OSU Extension Master Gardener.

A great resource for house orchardists. Very detailed, science-based information with lots of photographs and illustrations to support the text. Chapters on training and pruning, and budding and grafting are worth the price alone. Written for California growers, but can be adapted to other climates/soils.

Erica Chernoh, an OSU Extension horticulturist in Lane County, is a Lane County native.

"This is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in backyard ecology. The book is literally packed with color photographs. The authors will show the typical size, the geographical range, and the time in which the bee is usually found. 'I'm not halfway through but I'm not surprised.' I like 'Braiding Sweetgrass,' but it is also a great read.

Brooke Edmunds, an OSU Extension horticulturist, has been horticulturist in the Linn and Benton counties.

"What I like about this book is that it was written for landscape designers and includes photographs of the individual plants in each of the four seasons. Each plant profile also includes a beautiful botanical drawing in color, and the information for each plant is extensive, including companion plants, water use, cultivars, and best features.

Amy Jo Detweiler, an OSU Extension horticulturist in Deschutes County, has died.

Kym Pokorny, the man behind Kym Pokorny, is a professor of medicine.

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