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GREAT BOOKS & FUN CARDS

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Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener

By Sherian Wright

“Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener” by Sherian Wright contains wonderful color photographs and illustrations to help the reader become a Mason Bee expert. Step-by-step instructions get you started and the tips and tricks for becoming a more advanced bee keeper make this book a great guide for all bee lovers.

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Empress of the Garden

Mike Shoup’s latest book is a large (12 x 12) coffee table book that addresses the personality of the rose.  Interestingly, rose varieties have various personalities or persona that can influence their garden usage.  These qualities are a creative tool for the gardener intent on providing the right rose for the right garden setting.  This book, as well as addressing the practical nature of their usefulness, delves into this nature.

 

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Seriously Mabel!

Greeting Cards for Animal Lovers!

Mabel is a rescue Pug fostered by local heights residents Aaron and Michael, she was heart worm positive with an upper respiratory infection and just a tad bit fluffy (a sweet way of saying the little lady needed to lay off the treats). She was worn out, neglected and barely able to walk. She is now Mabel is healthy, happy & has been adopted by Michael and Aaron. We hear she is carried up the stairs every night (out of pure love.)

Mabel has inspired a collection of cards under the brand name Seriously Mabel Greetings™. The goal is to create greeting cards for animal lovers that exemplify Mabel’s core personality traits: funny, loving and quirky. A true doggie diva.

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How to Grow Native Plants of Texas & the Southwest

Jill Nokes

Since its first publication in 1986, How to Grow Native Plants of TX and the Southwest has set the standard for both home and professional gardeners. This updated edition includes new species and updated the propagation and the information for the original species listed in the first printing. A comprehensive text for anyone interested in focusing primarily on natives.

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Remarkable Plants of Texas

Matt W. Turner

With some 6,000 species of plants, TX has extrodinary botanical wealth and diversity. In Remarkable Plants of TX, Turner explores little-known facts behind our rich botanical landscape. The entries look how plants have been used throughout history in a variety of ways. Illustrated with over one hundred color photos, this book can serve as a go to reference guide for all the useful plants in TX.

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Perennial Gardens of Texas

Julie Ryan

Perennial Gardens of Texas is a how-to guide to planting a beautiful perennial garden in all  regions of TX and the surrounding states. Ryan has created a guide that provides the information neeeded to keep your garden coming back beautiful year after year.

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Texas Wildflowers, A Field Guide

Campbell & Lynn Loughmiller

TX Wildflowers field guide is an authoritative source for identifying wild flowers throughout the state. This new addition adds 61 new species and brings the plant taxonomy and nomenclature up to date. Includes 381 full color pictures for every wildflower listed in the book.

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Gardening the Natural Way

Howard Garrett

Gardening the Natural is a total organic gardening program. It provides a plan to design, plant, and maintain gardens in TX. Another impressive tomb from noted landscape architecture and horticulturist Howard Garrett. Includes over 800 color photos and resources for over 600 native plants.

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Jumping Cracker Bean Greeting Card

For the gardener who loves cards!

Award winning playfully humorous handmade greeting cards are printed on textured, core-died greeting card stock and then beautifully assembled by hand in the U.S. by Goodwill and artists with special needs. Each handmade greeting card comes in a protective cello sleeve with an elegant iridescent envelope. And inside every greeting card, you’ll find a free smile.

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Backyard Birdwatcher’s Booklets

Making Birdwatching Easy

Published by the Birdwatcher’s Digest, considered the premier birdwatching magazine in North America, these guides will help you identify, understand & attract birds & wildlife to your backyard. Choose from Bird FeedingCardinalsPurple Martins & more.

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“The Herb Garden Cookbook”

By Lucinda Hutson

Indulge your senses with the lively flavors, vivid colors, and tantalizing aromas of fresh herbs. This comprehensive guide gives you creative, festive recipes as well as valuable gardening information. With Lucinda Hutson’s expert advice you’ll discover how to: grow robust and flavorful herbs using organic gardening techniques; harvest and store herbs; prepare more than 150 delicious and innovative recipes. An essential guide for gardeners and chefs alike.

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“The Edible Balcony”

By Alex Mitchell

You don’t need a sprawling backyard or spacious raised beds to grow delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs of your own. In The Edible Balcony, longtime urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows how to transform any space in a bountiful garden. Also side tips on growing your fresh produce it also provides instructions on how to build your own containers and supports for your new garden.

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“To Eat: A Country Life”

By Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd

A memorable book about the path food travels from garden to table. To Eat chronicles the authors move from city life to a rural overgrown farm that they turned into an internationally renowned garden. Informative, funny, and moving, To Eat will inspire you to grow and enjoy your own gardens bounty.

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Year Round Vegetables, Fruits & Flowers for Metro Houston

By Bob Randall, Ph.D. 

Dr. Randall is a long time Houston gardener and the retired director of Urban Harvest. This book, is considered the basic “bible” of gardening for fruits & vegetables in Houston.  Based on organic & ecological principles, it will provide the reader with the tools and information on how to grow vegetables and fruits in Houston. Filled with useful information, from how to build raised garden beds, to planting timetables. One of the best references on gardening in Houston.

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‘The Bulb Hunter’ by Chris Wieseinger

A passion for bulbs

Chris Wiesinger has taken his passion for bulbs all over the South in an attempt to find bulbs that have naturalized in the most unlikely of places.The Bulb Hunter book chronicles his travels and stunning finds over the years. Loaded with beautiful photographs and entertaining tales, The Bulb Hunter will entice the reader to get excited to do some bulb hunting of their own.

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A Garden Book for Houston and the Gulf Coast

A Garden Book for Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, first published in 1929, has been the authoritative go-to book on Houston gardening for over 80 years. This fifth revised edition, written and edited by Lynn M. Herbert, has been entirely updated, expanded, and colorfully redesigned with a new emphasis on organic gardening, native plants, and conservation.

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“Houston Small Plates & Sips”

Erin Hicks brings us a new cookbook that is perfect for informal entertaining or a quiet evening, Houston Small Plates & Sips serves more than 100 small plate and cocktail recipes, along with beer and wine pairing suggestions. Each recipe is accompanied with a stunning photograph and personal tips from chefs, mixologists and sommeliers. It’s a great book for dreaming or designing a spectacular dine-around at home.

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“Portrait of Houston”

Join one of Texas’s finest photographers, Kathy Adams Clark, as she turns her lens on Houston, showcasing the diverse and fascinating culture and scenic beauty of this global city and center of industry. Includes communities of Sugar Land, Katy, The Woodlands, and Kingwood.


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