Thank You, New Canaan Garden Club

As they enter the main reading room, visitors to the New Canaan Library frequently stop to admire the flower arrangements on the information desk.  These arrangements are renewed weekly by volunteers from the New Canaan Garden Club, as one of the Club's many civic projects.  The Garden Club also contributes to the Library in another important way:  since 1919, the Garden Club has made it a tradition to donate a selection of new gardening books to the Library, where these beautiful and useful books can be made available to the community.  The 2012 Garden Club books have recently arrived at the Library.  They are now on display, together with a selection of related books, in the main reading room behind the reference desk.  The new titles include:

Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help You Get Started, by Katie Elzer-Peters.  Cool Springs Press, 2012.  A one-stop, easy to understand, beautifully designed book with step-by-step instructions and photographs for every important gardening and landscaping technique.  Call number 635 E 



Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations, by Jeff Gilman and Meleah Maynard.  Timber Press, 2011.  Covering more than 100 universal gardening "dos and don'ts," Decoding Gardening Advice" is the first and only hard-hitting, evidence-based book that every gardener needs for definitive advice on everything from bulbs, annuals, and perennials to edibles, trees, and soil care.  Call number 635 G


Designing and Creating a Cottage Garden: How to Cultivate a Garden Full of Flowers, Herbs, Trees, Fruit, Vegetables and Livestock, by Gail Harland.  Anness Press, 2012. The cottage garden eschews rigid guidelines: it rambles, it is personal, defined by the garden space and how it is used. Cottage gardens are sensuous, tumbledown, colorful, eclectic, productive spaces piled full of riotous flowers, fruit and vegetables.  Call number 635.9 H 


Gardening on Granite: Teddy and Peter Berg's Thirty Years on Rice Mountain, by Gordon Hayward with Dan Snow.   Rice Mountain Publications, c2012.  This strikingly beautiful, limited edition book describes the creation of  the gardens that grace the grounds around Teddy and Peter Berg's mountain top home in Walpole, New Hampshire.  From practical terrace gardens of perennial flowers to fantastical folly gardens, wild with native shrubbery, the planting scheme and style of stonework evolved over twenty years.  Call number 712.0974 H


How to Create an Eco Garden: The Practical Guide to Greener, Planet-Friendly Gardening. Step-By-Step Techniques, a Directory of Over 80 Plants with over 500 photographs and illustrations, by John Walker.  Anness Press, 2012.  Working in harmony with nature, eco gardeners can create attractive and resilient gardens that reduce our 'carbon footprint', while nurturing vibrant, biologically rich growing spaces.  Call number 635.0484 W


The Lavender Lover's Handbook: The 100 Most Beautiful and Fragrant Varieties for Growing, Crafting, and Cooking, by Sarah Berringer Bader (author) and Janet Loughrey (photographer).  Timber Press, 2012.  Featuring the 100 easiest, most stunning lavenders available today, this beginner's guide provides a complete checklist of the color, fragrance, size, and foliage of each plant, in addition to basic pruning, spacing, and planting requirements.   Call number 635.7 B 


Small is Bountiful: Getting more Crops from your Pots, by Liz Dobbs with Anne Halpin.  Reader's Digest Association, 2012.   “Small Is Bountiful" shows you how to use the latest practices of high-density patio gardening to grow a cornucopia of mouthwatering fruits, delectable vegetables, and fresh herbs in large and small plant containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets.  Call number 635.986 D 


If a book that interests you is already checked out, you may place a hold at the information desk or in the Library's online catalog.    You will be notified by phone or email when the book is available for you to check out.