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his is the time of year when gardeners at Smith Mountain Lake and beyond daydream and plan for the upcoming growing season.

It’s also the time when a comfortable chair next to a roaring fire and a good book that draws you in and engages your mind and spirit are welcome amenities.

Following are my recommendations for

excellent garden reference books to both educate and inspire as well as information on a garden trilogy written by Beverley Nichols, a master British wordsmith and humorist.


Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, and Edmund C. Snodgrass. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2011. 256 pp. Publisher’s price, paperback: $24.95.

Green or living roofs aren’t just for large, institutional buildings. As more people recognize the environmental benefits of living roofs, including water conservation, energy savings and storm water management, homeowners are creating them on a smaller scale. Whether for a small garden shed or the roof of your home or garage, Small Green Roofs is a valuable source book for information on the nuts and bolts of designing and planting a living roof, as well as an inspirational resource for ideas.


Ruth Rogers Clausen, Photography by Alan L. Detrick. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, 2011. 253 pp. Publisher’s price, paperback: $19.95.

What’s not to love about a book with this title, especially considering the proliferation of deer at SML? One of the best ways to come to a truce with garden dining deer is to choose plants they are less likely to eat. Here’s your reference material. A “quick look” feature for each of the 50 listed plants gives you the USDA hardiness zones, plant height and spread, and a ranking of its deer resistance. The cultural information and design tips are complemented by Alan Detrick’s excellent photography. Fill your garden with these plants and the deer will likely go elsewhere for lunch.

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