Trowel and Error: Books for the (Non-Gardening) Gardening Enthusiast

06/08/2014

I have nothing but admiration for gardeners. Their vision and apparently infinite patience place them among the very best sort of people, and I thoroughly enjoy the beauty, fragrance, and shade of their toil. The planning, process, and psychology of the gardener is fascinating to me – all the more because I have no gift whatsoever for gardening.

 

But take heart, fellow Non-Green Thumbs. If you also have a love of gardens and greenery without so much as a herbaceous perennial to show for it, OPL is here to supply you with plenty of related reading. Pass those how-to guides and troubled topiary tips along to the gardening guru in your life. Meanwhile, you can still delve into the lurid histories behind familiar plants, how their names and identities were established from the ancient world to today, their ongoing political influence, and how people build careers and lives around their discovery and love of all things botanical.

 

(Note: Actual gardeners and Green Thumbs will also love these books!)

 

Image: The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
By Stewart, Amy
Image: The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
By Stewart, Amy
Image: The Drunken Botanist

The Drunken Botanist

[the Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks]
By Stewart, Amy
Image: The Naming of Names

The Naming of Names

The Search for Order in the World of Plants
By Pavord, Anna
Image: Wicked Plants

Wicked Plants

The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
By Stewart, Amy
Image: Wicked Plants

Wicked Plants

The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
By Stewart, Amy
Image: Papyrus

Papyrus

The Plant That Changed the World-- From Ancient Egypt to Today's Water Wars
By Gaudet, John J.
Image: The Gardener of Versailles

The Gardener of Versailles

My Life in the World's Grandest Garden
By Baraton, Alain
Image: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of A Green Thumb and An Open Heart
By Wall, Carol
Image: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of A Green Thumb and An Open Heart
By Wall, Carol