Thursday, December 17, 2009

Armchair gardening with a little help from NPR

The winter solstice is almost upon us, so it's dark, cold, and if you're here in the rainy part of the Pacific Northwest, wet. My socks get soggy if I even think of going outside, so I'm turning my thoughts to indoor pursuits--like reading. Fortunately, NPR just posted 2009's Crop of Great Gardening Books - how very timely. All of these look interesting, but my first choice is the last one on the list, Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants.

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

I've often thought of designing a garden containing nothing but poisonous plants, so this one is right up my alley.

Anyone else out there in blog-land have some favorite gardening books to recommend? 'Tis the season for some armchair gardening.


Meg said...

I got that one as a Christmas gift for my mom -- and read it first, of course. Highly recommend it. Extremely funny and fascinating!!

Anonymous said...

Do you understand German? There is a blog from a Sofa-Gardener (something like armchair gardener)

where a lot of (English) Armchair Gardening Books are recommended.

Happy holidays!

Janet said...

Thanks, Greenreader. Unfortunately, I don't read German. BTW, the link you posted goes to a Bible site.

Anonymous said...

A Bible Site? Maybe you can try only the word "sofagaertnerin" on google and you will find the blog.
On the bottom of each article is a reference to the book bespoken with author, title, publisher and date of publ., so you can find a lot of interesting english books (romance, garden mysteries, children books etc.)

Best, Greenreader