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The annual choosing of garden books to carry me through the winter comes with such promise of pleasure. As girls, my sisters and I would be asked by our mother for a list of books we might like from Santa and we would diligently write down one or two. Without fail, she (Santa) would bestow those and at least one—maybe two—more. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that the additional titles were always based on a loving formula of the interests indicated from our original lists carefully warmed and expanded into larger (still unseen by us) hopes and dreams.

As an adult (avid reader and gardener) I spend plenty of time thumbing through how-to books, pest control, and question and answer books that remind me of what I might not be doing well (or doing at all); what I don’t have, or what I should be doing differently. There’s time for humility and righteousness the whole long-year. What I want in my holiday garden books is predicated on my expert gardener mother’s wisdom: I want well-worn books to comfort me, I want fresh new books to inspire me in my inquisitive rather than acquisitive gardening hopes, and I want a few big thinking books to dream over.

With that in mind,...

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