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Best Gardening Books

Updated: Jun 24, 2023


Thank you to our members who shared their favourite books with us! We've compiled the list and these are our top gardening books for beginners to experts in no specific order.

Remember to contact your local bookstore and request a copy! #shoplocal


  • Sue Stuart Smith's The Well Gardened Mind was my standout gardening read of the year! Her insight into why and how we garden and the benefits it brings to all of us and especially people with mental health problems was a revelation!! Big ups!

Submitted by Debbylewisgardens


  • Definitely Gardening from a Hammock by Dan Cooper is my go-to for inspiration. I love visuals, plant lists and suggestions suitable for our area. Fun Fact! Dan was a great speaker at our club via Zoom a year or two ago.

Submitted by K. Pearson


  • A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee is a new book on native plant gardening in southern Ontario. Highly recommend!

Submitted by L. Butcher


  • The First-Time Gardener: Growing Vegetables: All the know-how and encouragement you need to grow - and fall in love with! - your brand new food garden (Volume 1); By Jessica Sowards

  • Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook: Perfectly Timed Gardening for Your Most Bountiful Harvest Ever; By Jennifer Kujawski, Ron Kujawski

  • What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies, by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth

  • What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichokes to Zucchini, by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth.

Submitted by J. Steele


  • The Year Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour. Extend your growing season.

  • The Organic Gardeners Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control by Bradley, Ellis and Martin. Complete guide to maintaining a healthy garden and yard the earth friendly way.

Submitted by Waterloo Region Master Gardeners / Kitchener Master Gardeners.


  • The Complete Gardener, by Monty Don

Submitted by C. Bergsma


Children's Gardening Books:

  • The Garden Next Door, by Collin Pine

Submitted by Lindsay B.


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