Christmas Ideas For Garden and Plant Lovers
by Donna Dawson
by Donna Dawson


Co-Owner of along with her husband Tom.

Owner of which specializes in unique garden tours. Co-author of three garden books and a master gardener.

She is a weekly contributor to and part of the expert panel at with her specialty in gardens.

Donna has appeared on Canada AM, HGTV's Indoor Gardener and Calling All Gardeners. She and her husband were one of the few chosen to do a tv special called "the Garden Tourist" on Recreating Eden and while in China on tour, she was a special guest on China TV. She has also been a featured guest speaker at numerous Canadian gardening events including Canada Blooms and Victoria's Art in Bloom.

December 11, 2011

Here are some wonderful ideas for Christmas for the gardener in your life. Guaranteed to Satisfy and all highly recommended, these periodicals and brand new books are sure to bring a smile to the plant lover in your life!


Reporting on the latest research, methods, tools, plants, books, etc., for vegetable, fruit, and flower gardeners, gathered from hundreds of popular and technical sources, worldwide. The gardening news YOU can use! Published bimonthly by Greg and Pat Williams.

The Avant Gardener

Thomas Powell, Editor and publisher. From The Unique Horticultural News Service, Horticultural Data Processors, at P.O.Box 489, New York NY 10028. A labour of love from a plant lover.


Only GreenPrints magazine shares the human side: the joy, humor, frustrations, and heart in fine prose and fine art. It's the best personal garden writing, old and new. It's funny. It's tender. It's truthful. It's inspiring. There is absolutely no other gardening magazine like it. If you love to garden, you'll love to read the magazine of personal garden writing: GreenPrints, "The Weeder’s Digest!"

The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Garden lovers who travel will love the new Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, the first such tourism book with QR codes for each site. The first national garden tourism book in several years, The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens, published by Cool Springs Press, also includes some of the best gardens in Canada. Along with informative descriptions of the gardens, icons indicate which amenities a garden has, such as handicap accessible, café, gift shop, children’s gardens or historic site. The book offers tips and provides pertinent contact info for travelers, such as phone numbers and Web sites of the more than 400 gardens in the book.

Organic Gardener’s Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West by Jane Shellenberger

Organic Gardener’s Companion is the comprehensive hands on guide to growing organic produce in the Rocky Mountain and western region where semiarid, high-altitude climates make gardening a unique challenge. Jane Shellenberger, publisher and editor of Colorado Gardener, a regional magazine, brings us this hands-on guide to growing the tastiest and best organic vegetables yet.

The Complete Idiot's Guide To Seed Saving & Starting by Sheri Ann Richerson

It covers all of the essential techniques- harvesting, drying, disease and pest control, testing and germinating, and sowing. Sheri also authored - #1 Best Seller Complete Idiot's Guide To Year-Round Gardening, 101 Organic Gardening Tips, 101 English Garden Tips

Heirloom Flavor: Yesterday’s Best Tasting Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs for Today’s Cook by Doreen Howard

Packed with heirloom recipes, growing tips & tidbits of heirloom history. It really is quite an amazing heirloom resource. Former garden editor at Woman's Day and gardening columnist at the Christian Science Monitor, Doreen is now one of the nation's leading experts in heirloom vegetables, herbs and fruits.

The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers by Teri Dunn Chace

Identifies the 100 most common gardening mistakes and gives gardeners the techniques to prevent them. Or, if it’s too late and they’ve already goofed, there are tips to fix the mistake. The book tackles every kind of gardening disas¬ter, whether it has to do with plants, tools, and techniques, or general care and maintenance. Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor of dozens of books and has also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds & Blooms.

Lastly, some excellent brand new books hitting the shelves now…all from Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens Gardening Made Simple by Kate Frederick

Whether you’re a beginner looking for a basic guide to plants, garden tools, and techniques or a seasoned gardener searching for new project ideas, you’ll find everything you need in this book. It’s chock-full of easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, with more than 1,200 colorful photographs to show you how to achieve success with your landscape and edible gardens without a lot of fuss. Gardening has never been this simple, or this fun!

Better Homes and Gardens Herb Gardening by Karen Weir Jimerson

Nothing tastes better than foods made with fresh herbs from your own backyard. Better Homes and Gardens® Herb Gardening provides a comprehensive guide to planning, planting, creating, and caring for a beautiful and delicious herb garden. You’ll fall in love with the flavor and versatility of homegrown herbs for use in the kitchen, in crafts, and in beauty treatments. Filling your home with fresh, aromatic herbs is easier than ever! Contains 575 gorgeous full-color photos, 35 recipes from the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen, and 35 herbal projects.

Better Homes and Gardens Orchid Gardening by Ellen Zachos

Everyone loves orchids! And you’ll find more ways to love them with Better Homes and Gardens® Orchid Gardening. Even if you’ve never grown an orchid, this straightforward and comprehensive guide makes it simple to grow and maintain beautiful orchids year in and year out. With more than 525 gorgeous color photos and easy-to-follow directions for all kinds of projects, it’s the perfect guide to planning and maintaining your dream orchid collection.

Better Homes and Gardens Water Gardening by Megan McConnell Hughes

There’s nothing more calming than a beautiful, tranquil water garden, and now it’s easier than ever to plan and create your own water feature at home. Better Homes and Gardens® Water Gardening gives you dozens of projects—from ponds and pools to streams, fountains, waterfalls, rain gardens, bog gardens, containers, and more—complete with plant-by-number plans and easy-to-follow instructions to guide you from inspiration to completion. Includes more than 325 gorgeous photos.

You can find many more books in the Bookshelf on

Thanks to all the garden writers who helped me put this super list together for you!

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row