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The Plant Recipe Book

By Baylor Chapman

The Plant Recipe Book: A 100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season is the next great thing in interior plant design, providing simple steps showing anyone how to create stunning living plant decor. Each one of the 100 “recipes” specifies the type and quantity of plants needed; clearly numbered instructions detail each step; and 400 photographs show how to place every stem.  A basic how-to chapter provides planting techniques, a tools and materials list, sourcing and plant care information, and expert advice.

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A Time to Plant

By James Farmer

A Time to Plant: Southern Style Garden Living. This lovely text captures Southern indoor/outdoor living traditions for a new generation James Farmer III teaches respect for the age-old rules of flower and vegetable gardening in the Deep South in a fresh voice that resonates love of life and entertaining at home. Also included are delicious recipes for seasonal meals, as well as suggestions for floral arrangements and centerpieces from the garden.

 

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Puppyhood

By J. Nichole Smith

Puppyhood: Life-Size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old. Puppyhood showcases adorable puppies in life-size photographs taken at six weeks old. The book itself is oversize at 13 by 11 inches, allowing enough space to bring each of these little ones to life. Twenty-five breeds are captured in engaging photographs, showing all the details that make puppies so irresistible, from their pink bellies to their tiny teeth, soft ears, and oversize paws. Puppyhood is a unique gift book for dog lovers everywhere.

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Vanity Fair 100 Years

By Graydon Carter

Vanity Fair 100 showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture—both highbrow and low. This sumptuous book takes a decade-by-decade look at the world as seen by the magazine from its inception in 1913 through the present.Vanity Fair has presented the modern era as it has unfolded, using wit, imagination, peerless literary narrative, and bold, groundbreaking imagery from the greatest photographers, artists, and illustrators of the day.

 

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An Affair with a House

By Bunny Williams

An Affair with a House is the book in which world renowned interior designer Bunny Williams’ has chronicles in vivid detail her loving renovation of an 18th century New England manor house. Through photographs, anecdotes, how-tos, and recipes, Williams provides a rare inside look inside her beautifully appointed home and gardens.

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Beautiful Wildflowers

By Edle Catharina Norman

In Beautiful Wildflowers, author and professional florist Edle Catharina Norman shares her extensive knowledge of wildflowers how and when to gather and treat them. Norman takes the reader through each of the 40 projects in a clear, step-by-step method that includes instructions accompanied by more than 160 photographs that illustrate finished projects and different techniques. Perfect for those crafters who want to bring the joy and loveliness of fresh flowers into their home.

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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, Texas has extraordinary botanical wealth and diversity. In Remarkable Plants of Texas, 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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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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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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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 Texas and the surrounding states. Ryan has created a guide that provides the information needed to keep your garden coming back beautiful year after year.

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Texas Wildflowers, A Field Guide

Campbell & Lynn Loughmiller

Texas Wildflowers, A 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

Compost your old “complete” gardening guide. There’s a new way of gardening in Texas that’s healthier for people and the environment, more effective at growing vigorous plants and reducing pests, cheaper to maintain, and just more fun. It’s Howard Garrett’s “The Natural Way” organic gardening program, and it’s all here in Texas Gardening the Natural Way.

This book is the first complete, state-of-the-art organic gardening handbook for Texas.

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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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“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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