3 Gardening Books I’m Giving This Christmas

People who garden love to read. People who want to garden need information. This year I’m giving books to many in my circle of family and friends who have an interest in gardening. The books I’ve selected will make excellent additions to your own personal library as well as excellent gifts for your friends and family. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading each one and have even shared copies with neighbors and friends. Click the photo of any of the books to purchase at Amazon.

20-30 Something Garden Guide – Dee Nash

First up is a book by Dee Nash. The 20-30 Something Garden Guide. A no-fuss down and dirty Gardening 101 for anyone who wants to grow stuff. This book is filled with great information and ideas that will get you outside and in the dirt in no time.  I had the opportunity to interview Dee on the podcast. Click HERE to listen

Dee Nash BookIf you know a beginner in the garden or someone who’s looking for a refresher, give them this book.


Indoor Plant DECOR  – Kylee Baumle & Jenny Peterson
This is an excellent style book that encourages you to start small and add a collection of plants to achieve decorating success. Great tips on plant selection, containers and more. Check out the cork planters on page 29…. Awesome stuff here. Also, I gotten to know the authors of this book, Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson and I can tell you the are passionate about what they do. Awesome ladies whose mission it is to share their love of gardening and plants with the world.




Plant By Numbers
50 Houseplant Combinations to Decorate your Space – Steve Asbell

As a child, my mom would buy us paint by numbers sets. We would have a great time creating a Picasso like painting just by following the numbers! My friend Steve Asbell has created a book that follows that same premise. Select plants following his easy “plant recipes” and you’ll have a thriving houseplant container combo in no time.  He offers great tips for planting and maintaining houseplant containers in your home. My personal favorite recipe from this book: “Pot of Plants at the End of the Rainbow” Check it out. I had an opportunity to interview Steve for the P. Allen Smith Radio Show as a part of Allen’s “New Voices” series. Click HERE to listen


While I was writing this post, I realized there are no rose books here…. Stay tuned!


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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7 Responses to 3 Gardening Books I’m Giving This Christmas

  1. Reblogged this on How my heart speaks and commented:
    Very useful


  2. ElenaWill says:

    Great choices! I gave our son the book by Dee Nash, 20-30 Something Gardening Guide and it was a big hit!

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  3. hv says:

    Great suggestions–I seriously need help with houseplants. But yes, rose books required!


  4. igardendaily says:

    Nice! I am intrigued by the indoor Plant Decor book. I must pick up a copy or get it thru the library. I met Kylie at this year’s GBFLING. Such a nice woman!


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  6. I love my books! I gave hundreds away before our move, so I now have room for new ones! But I’m looking for gardening in the heat books! merry Christmas!


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