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Recommended Reading

Flower Gardening

diSabato-Aust, Tracy The Well-Tended Perennial Garden. Timber Press, 2006.

Garden Ecology


Carroll, Steven B. and Steven D. Salt. Ecology for Gardeners. Timber Press, 2007. 


Lowenfels, Jeff and Wayne Lewis: Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web. Timber Press, 2010 (revised edition).

Tallamy, Douglas W. Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens. Timber Press, 2007.

Gardening for Wildlife


Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bird Gardens: Welcoming Wild Birds to Your Yard. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1998.


Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Wildlife Gardener’s Guide. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2008.


Kress, Stephen W. The Bird Garden. National Audubon Society. 1995


Mizejewski, David. Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife. National Wildlife Federation, 2004.


Roth, Sally. Attracting Birds to Your Backyard. Rodale, 1998.


Roth, Sally. Bird-by-Bird Gardening. Rodale, 2006.


Stein, Sara. Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards. Houghton Miller, 1993.


Stokes, Donald and Lillian Stokes. Backyard Bird Book. Rodale, 2003.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 2003.


Garden Insects

Cranshaw, Whitney. Garen Insects of North America. Princeton Univeersity Press, 2004.


Grissell, Eric. Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology. Timber Press, 2001.

Kaufman, Ken and Eric R. Eaton. Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
Wagner, David L. Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History. Princeton University Press, 2005. 

General Gardening
American Horticultural Society. A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. DK Adult, 2004. 


American Horticultural Society. Encyclopedia of Gardening. DK Adult, 2007.


Capon, Brian. Botany for Gardeners, Revised Edition. Timber Press, 2005.


DiSabato-Aust, Tracy. The Well-Tended Perennial Garden. Timber Press, 1998.


Harris, James G. and Melinda Woolf Harris. Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary. Spring Lake Publishing, 2001. 


Martin, Deborah L. and Grace Gershuny. The Rodale Book of Composting. Rodale Press. 1992.


Rodale Organic Gardening Basics. Soil. Rodale, 2000.


Native Plants


Cullina, William. Native Ferns, Moss, and Grasses: From Emerald Carpet to Amber Wave, Serene and Sensuous Plants for the Garden.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008.


Cullina, William. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Guide to Using, Growing, and Propagating North American Woody Plants.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002.


Cullina, William. Wildflowers: A Guide to Growing and Propagating Native Flowers of North America.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000.


Rhoads, Ann Fowler and Timothy A. Block. The Plants of Pennsylvania: An Illustrated Manual. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. 


Rhoads, Ann Fowler and Timothy A. Block. Trees of Pennsylvania: A Complete Reference Guide. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. 



Pest Management


Adler Jr., Bill. Outwitting Critters: A Humane Guide for Confronting Devious Animals and Winning. The Lyons Press, 1999.


Adler Jr., Bill. Outwitting Deer: 101 truly ingenious methods and proven techniques to prevent deer from devouring your garden and destroying yoru yard. The Lyons Press, 1992.


Benjamin, Joan and Deborah L. Martin. Great Garden Formulas: The Ultimate Book of Mix-It-Yourself Concoctions for Your Garden. Rodale 1998.

Cebenko, Jill Jesiolowski and Deborah L. Martin. Insect, Disease & Weed I.D. Guide. Rodale, 2001.


Ellis, Barbara W. and Fern Marshall Bradley. The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control. Rodale Press, 1996.


Hock, Winand K. Woody Ornamental Insect, Mite, and Disease Management. Pennsylvania State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, 1995.


Johnson, Warren T. and Howard H. Lyon. Insects That Feed on Trees and Shrubs. Cornell University Press, 1991.


Olkowski, William et al. Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-toxic solutions for your home, garden, pets and community. The Taunton Press, 1991.


PennState College of Agricultural Sciences. Woody Ornamental Insect, Mite, and Disease Management. The Pennsylvania State University, 2000. (online edition:

Sinclair, Wayne and Howard H. Lyon. Diseases of Trees and Shrubs, Second Edition. Cornell University Press, 2005. 


Uva, Richard H. and Joseph C. Neil. Weeds of the Northeast. Cornell University Press, 1997.


Vegetables and Herbs


Arnoldson, Keppy and Aimée Voisin. Herbs for the Home Gardener. The Pennsylvania State University, 1994.


Gillman, Jeff. The Truth about Organic Gardening. Timber Press, 2008.


Smith, Edward C. The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. Storey Publishing, 2009.


Rodale Organic Gardening Basics. Vegetables. Rodale, 2000.

- Marc Radell