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A Look Back at the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards for Gardening

The Best of the Best


Thank you all for making your nominations and then voting for your favorite gardening publications. Now it's time to see who won!

Gardening Blogs

And the winner is... Digging


  1. A Way to Garden
  2. May Dreams Gardens
  3. Oh What a Beautiful Garden - Chicagoland
  4. Our Vintage Garden [Note: Please click on "turn off this top frame" if this link takes you to a partially blank page. We're having technical difficulties, but you should then be able to view it fine.]

Classic Gardening Books

Classic Gardening Books
And the winner is... American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, by Christopher Brickell, Henry Marc Cathey, H. Marc Cathey Published by DK Publishing, Inc. (2004)


  1. All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!, by Mel Bartholomew Published by Cool Springs Press (2006)l

    Readers' Quotes: "...full of helpful information on back-yard gardening, especially in limited space." "Details, like how many seeds you'll need, are very helpful."

    Readers' Quotes:: "Deserves to be in every gardener's library because it can pretty much answer any question you have on any plant you might be inclined to grow."

  2. Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space, by Piet Oudolf, Noel Kingsbury Published by Timber Press, Inc. (2005)

    Readers' Quotes: "Innovative ideas presented with incredible photos." "...includeds many native plants and natural landscaping ideas."

  3. Sunset National Garden Book Sunset Publishing Corporation (1997) [Note: Out of print, but available used.]

    Readers' Quotes: "I prefer their more detailed climate zones to the usual ones." "...includes just about everything you need to know about plants."

  4. The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques See Inside The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques, by Tracy DiSabato-Aust Published by Timber Press, Inc. (2006 - 2nd Ed.)

    Readers' Quotes: "Great for the pruning advice alone." "Covers everything about perennials."

New Gardening Books

Books About Gardening
And the winner is... The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times, by Carol Deppe Published by Chelsea Green Publishing (October 2010)

Readers' Quotes: "For the first time, I'm ready to plant a garden based on my food needs." "...has a unique approach to gardening based on the foods being grown..."


  1. Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs, by Michael A. Dirr Published by Timber Press, Inc. (October 2011)

    Readers' Quotes: "Dirr is the definitive source for information on woody plants." "OMG, there is so much information here!"

  2. Fast, Fresh Garden Edibles: Quick Crops for Small Spaces, by Jane Courtier Published by Creative Homeowner Press (February 2011)

    Readers' Quotes: "This book provides everything a layman and even experienced gardeners should know about gardening in small spaces... It's accurate and detailed and fun to read." "...a book that is easy to reference and understand."

  3. Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older, By Sydney Eddison Published by Timber Press, Inc. (April 2010)

    Readers' Quotes: "There's hope for those of us with sore knees." "Beautifully written. The advise is useful to anyone trying to downsize their garden."

  4. Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch, by Nigel Slater Published by Ten Speed Press (July 2011)

    Readers' Quotes: "Great photos. Personal gardening tips. Unusual recipes." "Yum."

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