Looking for something to do as you curl up under the blanket and dream of color outside your window? Why not binge-read some great books for landscape and garden inspiration? We asked a couple of our managers what they are reading this winter while our 2020 Plant Guide is at the printers and we are currently updating our online Plant Search at thegrowingplace.com with new plants carried this year.
Kyle Lambert, Perennials Manager is anxiously awaiting his new book to arrive, ‘Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard’ by Douglas W. Tallamy. It IS exciting to get beautiful photographs and eagerly awaited ways to make the world a better place.
Mary Saba, Landscape Design Manager, quickly recommended four books, adding “The best is ‘Planting in a Post Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes’ by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West.” Kyle agreed.
Another recommendation from Kyle is ‘A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Six Seasons of Beauty, Bounty, and Blooms’ by David L. Culp. The author’s sage advice along with the latest ideas and gorgeous photos make this a must-see.
‘Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control’ by Jessica Walliser was the second book Mary suggested. Did you know The Growing Place uses beneficial bugs in the greenhouse when we grow herbs, vegetables, annuals, and perennials? We make every effort with responsible practices, being eco-friendly, and using nature as well as natural products whenever possible.
‘Planting A New Perspective’ by Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury is also recommended by Mary. This treasure describes how to include long-lived perennials and woody plants into your home landscape, offering charts and planting plans.
There you have it! Five books for five weeks til spring. Digging in to our 84th spring opening on March 28, 2020, we applaud conservative efforts and want to inspire your plans this year with educational materials and the right plants for the right places. Come celebrate with us at our Aurora location for Dig In Day! See details at thegrowingplace.com/events/dig-in-day