Not only am I going to review this book, but I’m going to give it away!
Read on for details.
First a bit about the authors.
I don’t know Pamela Bennett but I love her career path. While in college studying to become a teacher she landed a summer job in a garden center in Springfield, Ohio. That changed everything! Working in the garden center made her re-think the rest of her life. She changed schools, changed majors and has been actively involved in horticulture ever since.
She now works in horticultural education in the Clark County Extension Office and both works in and teaches horticulture to eager students. She says; “I know have the best job in the world!” She’s also on her way to become a professor!
Horticulture will do that to you. It gets in your blood and there is no getting it out. And why would you ever want to? It’s the most wholesome job in the world.
The co-author of Garden-pedia is Maria Zampini, a fourth generation nurseryman.
I can tell you first hand that nobody in the world is more qualified to author a book like this other than Maria. Maria grew up in this business, was raised on the property of a full scale wholesale nursery owned and operated by her father James Zampini.
I’ve known Maria for what seems like forever. I went to work for her dad when I was 16 years old, so that would have been around 1971 I think. It was in her father’s nursery where I truly learned this business inside and out. I think I did about every job in that nursery and much of what I share with you folks today I learned there, in that nursery.
I also got to work with Maria’s grandfather a bit. He was up in age at the time but he was like a cutting making machine! Mostly he made tens of thousands of Hardwood Cuttings and I can still see him in that work room, clipping, cutting and tying cuttings into bundles.
Maria has a bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State University and is the president and owner of UpShoot LLC a boutique horticultural marketing firm.
She’s an extremely busy garden writer, very involved with the Garden Writers Association and to be perfectly honest? I can’t keep up with all that she has going on. She’s a busy lady.
About the book, Garden-pedia.
Garden-pedia is an A to Z Guide to Gardening Terms.
But really it’s much more than that. It’s a book that is both fun to read and extremely educational at the same time. It’s loaded with color photos to accompany many of the terms being described.
There are four things about this book that I really, really like . . .
- It’s easy read. It’s not a stuffy horticultural text book. The terms are described in down to earth language that make perfect sense to anybody reading the book. In other words, it’s written for home gardeners, not horticultural professors.
- It truly does have every gardening term imaginable. They are in alphabetical order and broken into chapters. Many of these terms you are unlikely to find in other gardening books, but they are terms that are tossed around on a daily basis in the trade. And that’s what makes it extremely useful. It will allow you to learn the language that folks in the industry speak.
- The terms are not only explained, but they are also accompanied with a very short story that puts the explanation of the terms in the correct context. Not an essay mind you, just a few lines or two or three short paragraphs that allow you to grasp the concept of the term and how it might apply to you and your garden at home.
- But what I like most of all is that each of these little stories is an easy to understand, easy to grasp lesson in gardening. You will learn something on every single page! So much so that I suggest you read this book just a few pages at at time, giving your brain time to digest and store away all of the little tidbits that you’ve absorbed.
Garden-pedia is a great book for anybody that likes to garden, I highly recommend it. You Can Grab a Copy on Amazon.com.
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And the winner is… Ruth L.!