Home & Garden

In California Gardener’s Handbook, horticulturalists Bruce and Sharon Asakawa share two lifetimes of gardening experience and showcase 350 plant species destined to flourish amid the varied climates and environmental challenges of our state. Their easy-to-use reference is filled with great information for gardeners of all skill levels. With beautiful photographs and terrific advice on how to plant, prune, water, control pests, and care for your garden year round, this book would make a great gift for anyone who likes to get their hands dirty.

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S.B.
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California Gardener's Handbook: Your Complete Guide: Select, Plan, Plant, Maintain, Problem-Solve Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781591865674
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Published: Cool Springs Press - August 12th, 2013

If you’ve always wanted a garden but have never had the time or any idea about where to start, the experts at Sunset magazine are here to help! Their newest gardening book takes you step by step through everything from design and landscaping ideas to figuring out which plants to buy and when to grow them. This is a straightforward guide that can help anyone set up an amazing garden in no time.
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Flannery
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The 20-Minute Gardener: Projects, Plants, and Designs for Quick and Easy Gardening Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780376030061
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Time Home Entertainment - February 5th, 2013

While most edible-garden design books focus on how to grow and tend the plants, this in-depth new book takes a different approach, focusing instead on the elements of design. Covering topics from the different types of edible gardens, to attracting pollinators, to window and container gardening, this thorough guide is ideal for established gardeners looking to create or expand their own edible paradise.

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Flannery
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The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design a Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781607742333
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 26th, 2013

Piet Oudolf is an innovate garden designer whose naturalistic and sustainable planting style is inspirational for home gardeners and professionals alike. Using original planting plans, such as those for Potter’s Fields Park in London and the High Line in New York, this new book shows in detail how Oudolf creates his gardens and landscapes. “Luscious photographs and meticulous explanations of techniques and methods make this an essential reference guide and constant source of inspiration.” —Booklist

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ISBN: 9781604693706
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - April 9th, 2013

As water becomes a more precious resource, having a thirsty, nonnative lawn and garden makes less and less sense. Luckily, it isn’t hard to create a beautiful, low-maintenance garden that helps restore our native ecology, and if you don’t believe me, maybe this book will convince you! Full of design tips and plant ideas, this is a great guide for homeowners looking to restore their home to its native grandeur.

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Flannery
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The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781604692327
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - March 5th, 2013

The founders of San Francisco’s Studio Choo, the hottest floral design studio in the country, share their “recipes” for gorgeous flower arrangements—from wild to structured. “A pitch-perfect combination of beautiful and functional…Showcasing over 100 floral creations, The Flower Recipe Book breaks down flower arrangements as if they were recipes: including ingredients, how-to steps and ideas for altering arrangements to suit your style.” —Design*Sponge
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781579655303
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Published: Artisan Publishers - April 2nd, 2013

Like plants? Like alcohol? This one’s for you! Delving into the multitudes of plants that can be transformed into alcohol, the fabulous Amy Stewart takes us through the botany, chemistry, culture, and history of each plant and alcohol, creating a wonderful, witty book as unique as some of the plants detailed within. Add cocktail recipes and gardening tips (in case you want to make your own absinthe), and you’ve got the perfect summer book!
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Flannery
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The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616200466
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2013

Do you want houseplants, but are bored with the classic fern and ficus tree? Why not try something carnivorous, or a conifer? This book will help you find the perfect plant to suit you and your home. Beautiful pictures showcase the plants, and growing tips will help you keep your choice alive and thriving. This will help you turn your home into a constant botanical surprise.

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Flannery
The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 Extraordinary Choices for Every Spot in Your Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604692433
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - August 28th, 2012

Sheri Koones, author of my favorite green guide on prefabricated homes, Prefabulous + Sustainable, is just as excited as I am to release Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid. Meant to inspire homeowners to consider more environmentally friendly options for their home, this book is filled with inexpensive alternatives to creating a more energy-efficient and healthy living standard. The twist in this book is in the location!
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Tracy
Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home Cover Image
By Sheri Koones, Robert Redford (Foreword by)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781419703256
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Published: ABRAMS - October 1st, 2012

The creators of my favorite blog of all time have poured their hearts into a wonderful, sweet and funny book that will reach not only DIYers but anyone who appreciates an honest and straight- forward approach to life, love, and family. This book is perfect for anybody—whether they own a home or rent—due to the easy-to- difficult range of projects. It will most certainly touch the heart in all the right places.
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Lou
Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781579654788
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Published: Artisan Publishers - November 5th, 2012

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