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Timber Press Guide to Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Articles: Timber Press Guide to Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Should I buy this for my home library? This is the toughest question I can ask about a book, as I have a library of 15,000 horticultural titles at my professional fingertips. And my first impression of Gardening in the Pacific Northwest was . . . no.

Why? Like most of my fellow plant elitists, I first turned to the book’s encyclopedia, quickly dismissed it as too mundane for my tastes and experience level, and closed the book. Fortunately, I had reason to give Gardening in the Pacific Northwest a second read, and this time I started at the beginning.

With many reference books, especially gardening books, you can jump in and read only the sections of particular interest. But this book should be read . . . well . . . like a book: from beginning to end. By doing so, you allow the carefully crafted presentation by authors Carol and Norman Hall to unfold as they intended.

They begin by defining the region: Oregon and Washington west of the Cascades, with bits of southwestern British Columbia and northern-most California. They give well-reasoned arguments for this definition, but it also closely matches the areas in which they’ve lived and gardened—forty years together, with an ...

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