From Containers to Outdoor Oases
By Jennifer Schultz-Angoli, Collection Services Development Librarian
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people rediscovered—or discovered for the first time—the many benefits of gardening.
Gardening can relieve stress, promote better sleep and provide healthy exercise. Best of all, a great garden doesn’t require a lot of space or time. The library has plenty of books to provide assistance and encouragement to get started.
Small space and low maintenance
Constrained by a lack of space or time? Don’t despair! Container gardening and raised bed gardening are top trends, but there are many other creative ways to garden. Try these books if short on space, short on time, or don’t want to spend hours planning, digging and maintaining a garden.
Crops in Tight Spots: Grow Amazing Fruit and Vegetables Wherever You Live by Alex Mitchell
Spouts, Shoots & Microgreens: Tiny Plants to Grow and Eat in Your Home Kitchen by Lina Wallentinson
Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Sustain a Thriving Garden by Tammy Wylie
Environmentally friendly gardening
Gardeners aren’t only interested in creating lovely landscapes. They’re also searching for ways their gardens can be environmentally friendly, including an emphasis on native gardening. Gardening is a great way to become personally involved in helping the ecosystem. These books will help start a “green” garden:
Grow Great Vegetables in Virginia by Ira Wallace
Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy
The Southeast Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth Friendly Garden by Larry Mellichamp
Planting for pollinators and wildlife
According to the 2020 National Gardening Survey conducted by the National Gardening Association, one in four Americans bought a plant because it benefitted wildlife. With increased awareness of the importance of pollinators, many gardeners are creating gardens to aid in the conservation movement. Learn how to incorporate conservation into your garden with these books:
National Wildlife Federations: Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife by David Mizejewski
Pollinator Gardening for the South: Creating Sustainable Habitats by Danesha Seth Carley
Wildlife Garden: Create a Home for Garden-Friendly Animals, Insects and Birds by Ursula Kopp
Garden by color
Rather than have just random plants and flowers growing, some gardeners are planning bold and beautiful gardens. If a garden with “wow factor” sounds appealing, check out these titles:
Color-Rich Gardening for the South: A Guide for All Seasons by Roxann Ward
The Gardener’s Book of Color by Andrew Lawson
The Winterthur Garden Guide: Color for All Seasons by Linda Eirhart
Houseplants have increased in popularity, in part due to Instagram and other social media. They reduce stress, purify air and bring a sense of the outdoors into indoor space. Whether your living room is already filled with foliage or you are just now jumping on this trend, these books will set you on the right path:
My Houseplant Changed My Life: Green Well-Being for the Great Indoors by David Domoney
Tiny Plants: Discover the Joys of Growing and Collecting Itty-Bitty Houseplants by Leslie F. Halleck
Tropical Plants and How to Love Them: Building a Relationship with Heat-Loving Plants When You Don’t Live in the Tropics by Marianne Willburn
Outdoor space for entertaining
With more time at home, redesigning garden or yard spaces to make outdoor time more appealing is increasingly popular. For ideas to spruce up an outdoor space, try these titles:
The Art of Outdoor Living: Gardens for Entertaining Family and Friends by Scott Shrader
New Decorated Garden: Transform Your Outdoor Space Into a Haven of Calm and Tranquility by Elspeth Thompson
Outdoor Design: Projects and Plans for a Stylish Garden by Matt Keightley
Gardening for wellbeing
The health benefits of gardening are well-known; people garden to relieve stress and have more control over their produce supply, among other things. To explore the wellness aspect of gardening, add these titles to your list:
The Kitchen Garden by Alan Buckingham
Your Indoor Herb Garden: Growing and Harvesting Herbs at Home by D.J. Herda
Your Well-Being Garden: How to Make Your Garden Good for You by Alistair Griffiths
For additional gardening resources, browse the shelves in the gardening section, 635 and garden design in section 712 or request assistance from the reference desk by calling 540.422.8500 ext.6.
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