Books I Haul to Master Gardener Clinics
Before I took the Master Gardener training in early 2010, I mostly bought gardening books full of beautiful pictures that I could “borrow” ideas from. After the training, I found myself picking out books that I could use to help ID plants, bugs and diseases. And because I was hauling too many heavy books when volunteering at clinics, I had to narrow it down to the essential books I referred to most.
Most of the books are specific to the Pacific Northwest. If you’re not fortunate enough to live around here, I’m sure you can find a similar book made for your neck of the woods. Here are my go-to books when helping people with their gardening questions:
1. The Pacific Northwest Gardener’s Book of Lists. This amazing book provides a list of plants for practically every garden type/situation. It’s a MUST HAVE.
2. Cuttings Through the Year. Everyone needs a book that tells them the best time to take plant cuttings for propagation, right?
3. Landscape Plant Problems. This WSU Extension publication helps me ID plant problems and provides pictures for comparison. I probably use this one the most when answering other people’s questions.
4. Sunset Western Garden. This book is especially helpful when making plant IDs. At times I find it hard to use if I don’t know the latin name of the plant but Google is helpful. Plus, it helps me learn the latin names of the plants out of necessity.
5. Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning. This is a great pruning book full of pictures and easy to follow instructions.
6. The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs; Garden Insects of North America. This was the biggest and most affordable bug book I could find and it’s full of pictures that span all life cycles!
There you have it. Even if you’re not planning on answering people’s gardening questions, these books should at least help you answer some of your own. Enjoy. I purchased most of these books from Amazon, with the exception of #2 and 3 – I purchased those from the WSU Master Gardener office.