New at the Gamble Library: June 2018

The Library Committee has been hard at work, curating and collecting the latest and greatest books for the Gamble Horticultural Library. They’ve recently added five titles that are sure to educate and inspire. The latest additions are listed below.

Members are welcome to drop by the library to view these beautiful new books! The non-circulating Gamble Library is open for your use and pleasure on weekdays from 9am – noon. If you are interested in other titles, you can search the Gamble Library online.

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

By Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai. Chronicle Books, 2017.
Gamble Library call number: SB405 BEN 2017

At the Gamble library: Floret Farm's Cut Flower GardenErin Benzakein is a florist-farmer, leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement, and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm in Washington’s lush Skagit Valley. In this book, Erin shares her insights to plan a garden yourself with blooms that will grow and thrive. Features planting, cultivating and harvesting advice for more than 175 flower varieties along with tips to preserve their freshness and how-tos for bouquets, garlands and wreaths. ut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. A winner of the American Horticultural Society 2018 Book Awards. The book includes:

* Irresistible photos of Erin’s flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms
* Tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates
* Step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic floral décor for every season

Gardening with Foliage First: 127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More

By Karen Chapman and Shristina Salwitz. Timber Press, 2017
Gamble Library call number: SB431c CHA 2017

At the Gamble library: Gardening with Foliage FirstWith the right foliage, your garden could shine with color and texture year-round, even after floral blooms fade. The authors offer many combinations that start with intriguing foliage schemes, then layer the flowers, berries, bark and other finishing touches.

The beauty of flowers is seductive, but flowers, by their fleeting nature, are a fickle base to provide long-lasting gardens with year-round interest. Tackle this problem with the advice in Gardening with Foliage First. Learn how to first build a framework of foliage and then layer in flowers and other artistic elements to add the finishing touches. This simple, recipe-style approach to garden design features 127 combinations for both sunny and shady gardens that work for a variety of climates and garden challenges, including deer, dry shade, and more. Includes 638 stunning color photos.

Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes

By Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke. Timber Press, 2017
Gamble Library call number: F128.65 OUD

At the Gamble library: Gardens of the High LineBefore it was reused, the High Line was an abandoned industrial rail area, above street level, overgrown with weeds. Today it is a cultural area, a walkway and a green sanctuary—a garden— in an urban setting. It has become a national model of reuse of blighted property. While it’s a NY City story, it is an inspirational model with designs that can apply anywhere, including the home garden.

This book, filled with photographs, reveals a four-season garden, filled with native and exotic plants, drought tolerant perennials and grasses that thrive and spread in challenging circumstances. It also offers inspiration and advice to home gardeners and garden designers looking to recreate its iconic, naturalistic style. Featuring stunning photographs by Rick Darke and an introduction by Robert Hammond, the founder of the Friends of the High Line, this large-trim, photo-driven book is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the nature of design.

A Manual of California Vegetation, 2nd Edition

By John Sawyer, Todd Keeler-Wolf and Julie M. Evans. California Native Plant Society, 2009
Gamble Library call number: QK149 SAW 2009

At the Gamble library: A Manual of CA Vegetation

First published in 1995, the CNPS Manual of California Vegetation (MCV) serves as California’s standard vegetation classification for biological consulting firms, planners, and state and federal agencies, including the California Department of Fish and Game, United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and United States Geological Survey.

Now in its second edition, the MCV is based upon 14 years of rigorous surveying, analysis, description, and vegetation mapping, providing a refined picture of the state’s diverse vegetation patterns. Because of its breadth, it also offers a significant source of California natural history and biogeographic information for plant lovers. Read on to learn more about the MCV.

Where on Earth: A Guide to Specialty Nurseries and Gardens in California, 5th edition

By Nancy Connor . Heyday Press, 2017
Gamble Library call number: SB118 CON 2017

At the Gamble library: Where on EarthIn depth advice including detailed and up-to-date descriptions of 218 specialty nurseries and growers organized by geographic region, guidance on topics such as working with native plants, water-conserving practices and strategies for working with deer-resistant gardens. Two hundred and forty-six garden centers and horticultural organizations are listed.