A perfect book for any avid gardener or designer: 25 fabulous landscapes from Connecticut to Iowa to Arizona & California are profiled here by veteran gardening editor, author, and educator Elvin McDonald. In his new book, A Garden Makes a House a Home (Monacelli Press, 2012), McDonald explains how these exquisite gardens, designed by some of the country's best -- including Raymond Jungles, Douglas Hoerr, Philip Watson and Rosalind Creasy -- both small and large, can inspire anyone who wants to enhance the outdoor areas of their home. Beautiful photos, as well, and a great addition to that coffee table collection, too.
If you think you'd like a vegetable garden -- especially if you have children -- this is the book for you, whether you're an Obama fan or not. Great story, recipes from the White House kitchen, garden plans, info, and much more.The book is: American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. Read my original review here.
And speaking of vegetables, you might want to put this one under someone's tree: the 8th edition of the one of the classics on the subject, How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You ... (And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains,). With this book, you can start on that garden right now. My review is here.