Master Gardener: Getting Your Gardening Fix | News


How do you get your gardening fix when it’s raining or too cold to go outside? I take a book. No matter what type of reader you are, there is a gardening book that will keep you entertained for hours.

Do you like biographies? Choose a book about a famous designer or planter. History is another topic that can come into play when reading about gardens or gardeners of the past.

Are you looking to renew your landscape? There are an unlimited number of landscaping guides. Some even have plans included in them that you might want to use. Some are suitable for certain climates, however, so be careful when choosing these books. Look for those that suggest plants that will grow well in our area.

Maybe you are a collector of certain plants. You can find books that will tell you how to grow the plants, books on the history of growing the plant, and books with photos of rare plants. Even if you don’t collect certain plants, you can get inspiration from coffee table type books with beautiful pictures that you can reimagine using in your own garden.

Market gardeners are not left out. You can find publications on certain vegetables or simply on the vegetable garden in general. Fruit trees are another topic you might want to buy a book on. And since sizing is often a confusing art to pick up, you might want to buy a reference or two that cover the basics of sizing.

Other books you might want to collect might cover color combinations or accent plantings. There are volumes specifically on annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, succulents, ground covers, or houseplants.

Even if you prefer to read fiction, you can find novels that weave their stories around a garden setting. So if you want to immerse yourself in gardening without going into the garden, just grab a book. The best part of all is when the weather is nice you can go out and sit in the garden and read at the same time – double the fun.

The Henderson County Master Gardener Association’s “Learning at the Library” series, scheduled for Tuesday, January 12 and the second Tuesday of each month, has been canceled until further notice. There will be a free tree giveaway on Friday January 14th. Call the number below for more information.

For more information, call 903-675-6130, email [email protected], or visit


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