Some recommended books and journals. Specific readings will be provided when class begins.
Faith in a Seed by Henry David Thoreau
This classic Thoreau tome is a poetic observation of nature, ecology, and the relationships among land, plant, wildlife and humans.
Plant Identification Terminology by James G. Harris
A reference rather than a fireside read, this is an excellent basic booklet to help the gardener understand basic terminology and plant structure.
Plants and Their Names by Roger Hyan and Richard Pankhurst
A fun reference that provides meaning and context for botanical names. A must have for the etymologist in every gardener.
The Miracle of Trees by Olavi Juikari
An interesting little book with short (sometimes 1-page) chapters on a wide range of tree biology/sociology topics.
A Natural History of Trees by Donald Culross Peattie
An excellent read for those interested in native trees, where they grow, how they are used by humankind etc. Two editions; Eastern and Central North America, Western North America.
A Plant Hunter in Tibet by Francis Kingdom-Ward
One of the best of the plant explorer writers – Kingdom-Ward is a master storyteller. This is a fun read for anyone interested in plants, how they got to our gardens and the intrepid explorers who collected them.
The Why and How of Home Horticulture by D.R. Bienz
A good all around home gardener book that covers a wide range of topics from house plants to vegetable gardens, soil, pruning and more.
The Plantsman by the Royal Horticulture Society
This is a quarterly journal for the budding plant geek. Fabulously detailed articles cover specific plants and plant groups in a scholarly but accessible way. One of the best plant journals out there.