Summer Reading: Garden Edition

Perhaps it’s more appropriate to post a garden reading list in the winter when there’s less gardening to do and therefore more time to read, but I can’t resist a good summer reading list. It makes me want to read allll the books!

Here’s my Summer Reading Syllabus: Garden Edition.

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
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This is a memoir written by Barbara Kingsolver about a year in her family’s life trying to eat as locally as possible and grow much of their own food in Appalachia. This is an oldie but a goodie. I’ve already read this book at least twice.

The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith

This has been on my TBR list for a while now….it’s written by a psychiatrist and gardener about the benefits of nature on our mental health. I don’t really need a book to tell me that gardening is good for our mental health, but I’m interested in what this book has to say nonetheless.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

This book was on a lot of best-sellers lists last summer at the peak of the BLM movement. I’m a little worried its over-hyped because of the cross-over between BLM and indigenous peoples (the topic of this book), but we’ll see…

The New Heirloom Garden by Ellen Ecker Ogden
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This is mostly just a fun eye-candy book. The reviews are mixed – if you’re looking for practical gardening design advice, this does not seem like a book worth reading. I’m just interested in flipping through the pages.

Uprooted by Page Dickey
Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again

I read Embroidered Ground, an earlier memoir from gardener, Page Dickey, about creating her Duck Hill garden. It was … meh…. 3/5 stars. But this book, Uprooted, has gotten some good publicity, so I’m giving her another chance! Uprooted is another memoir about moving away from her Duck Hill garden and creating yet another garden (or not).

Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
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Admittedly….this is not one I’m looking forward to reading per se… This book is a “I-should-read-this-book” book. It sounds kind of dry and depressing, but the topic of conversation as it pertains to gardening is very important, and something I need to learn more about. I’m sure it will be very educational, and every good summer reading list should have an I-know-you-don’t-want-to-but-it’ll-be-good-for-you book.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
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It’s hard to find good, well-written, garden-themed fiction. This one is about a botanist…I’m not sure how much gardening it will include, but I’ve enjoyed other books written by Elizabeth Gilbert, and I’m curious about this one.

Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

A cookbook! Cookbooks is one of my favorite genres – I read them cover to cover. I could probably make an entire Summer Reading List that is exclusively cookbooks, but I will refrain…. This one is by Deborah Madison – vegetarian chef extraordinaire – and, from the previews, it looks right up my alley: interesting, unique, original recipes that I would never have thought to create myself. I can’t wait to read this one all the way through!

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