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BOOKS RECOMMENDED

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Featured This Month:

Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

This one takes us to our coast for a remarkable introduction to marine ecology and “life on the edge” of existence. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens kept me up till 3 am the first night and by the next day I had finished the tale. Gripping! It’s a mystery, a tale of survival, a love story, and a testimony to the compelling life of a devoted naturalist and artist. I was one of 4000 on the waiting list locally (for one of 400+ copies); it was worth the wait! - RGC President Vicki Corporon

Savannah Reading in the Butterfly Garden - Painting by  Natalie Buske Thomas

Savannah Reading in the Butterfly Garden - Painting by Natalie Buske Thomas

Books for Adults

Fiction*

China Bayles mysteries
by Susan Wittig Albert  

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
by Edith Holden

The Darling Dahlias novels
by Susan Wittig Albert

English Garden Mystery Series
by Anthony Eglin

(The Blue Rose, The Lost Gardens, The Water Lily Cross, The Trail of the Wild Rose, Garden of Secrets Past, & The Alcatraz Rose)

The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See

 

Garden Crafts & Arts:

The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms
by Livia Cetti

Handmade Houseplants
by Corrie Beth Hogg

Paper Blooms
by Jeffery Ruddell

Non-Fiction*

An Empire of Plants: People and Plants That Changed the World
by Toby & Will Musgrave

The Food Lovers Garden: Growing, Cooking, and Eating Well
by Jenni Blackmore

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
by Dr. Qing Li

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature
by David George Haskell

A Garden Can by Anywhere
by Lauri Kranz with Dean Kuipers,

A Gardener Touched with Genius: The Life of Luther Burbank
by Peter Dreyer

A Gardener’s Guide to Wildlife & Birds And How to Attract Them
by Christine & Michael Lavelle

Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy & the Indolent
by Ruth Stout

How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out
by Chantal Aida Gordon & Ryan Benoit

Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden
by Larry Mellichamp.

The New Seed-Starters Handbook
by Nancy Bubel with Jean Nick

Paradise Gardens: Spiritual Inspiration and Earthly Expression
by Toby Musgrave

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World
by Phaidon editors

The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
by Susan Orlean

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species
by Carlos Magdalena

Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
by Michael Pollan

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors
by David George Haskell

The Virago Book of Women Gardeners
by Deborah Kellaway (ed.)

The Well-Tempered Garden
by Christopher Lloyd

Wildflowers of North Carolina
by William S. Justice & C. Ritchie Bell

* Several of these books may not be available in the Wake County library system. The public library can request an interlibrary loan (unless the book was published within the last six months) and get the book for you that way, if it’s available. In addition, you can “Suggest a Purchase” Even if they deny the request, at least they will be aware what the public is interested in. 

Books for Youth

Fiction:

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illus. by David Small

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Non-Fiction:

Gardening Projects for Kids by Jenny Hendy

Fairy Houses and Beyond! by Barry & Tracy Kane

Fairy Houses Everywhere! by Barry & Tracy Kane

Flower Fairies: The Meaning of Flowers
by Ciciely Mary Barker & Frederick Warne