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5 Local Gardening Books You’ll Dig

V1 Staff

Vintage Wisconsin Gardens
by Lee Somerville • $25
As Wisconsin’s population moved from farmsteads into villages, towns, and cities, the state saw a growing interest in gardening as a leisure activity and source of civic pride. Vintage Wisconsin Gardens introduces readers to the region’s ornamental gardens of the 19th and early 20th centuries, showcasing the “vernacular” gardens created by landscaping enthusiasts for their own use and pleasure. Filled with period and contemporary images, recommended plant lists, and garden layouts, Vintage Wisconsin Gardens will interest those curious about the history of the state’s cultural landscape and inspire readers to restore or reconstruct period gardens.

Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening
by Jerry Apps • $27
In Garden Wisdom, readers will learn gardening basics along with Jerry’s grandchildren as they become a new generation of gardeners. They’ll devour Ruth’s recipes for preparing and preserving fresh garden veggies – from refrigerator pickles to rutabaga pudding. And they’ll savor son Steve’s beautiful color photographs, capturing the bounty of the family garden throughout the growing season.

Museums, Zoos & Botanical Gardens of Wisconsin
by Anton Rajer • $18
This book describes the full gamut of museums, zoos, and botanical gardens in Wisconsin and the broad spectrum of cultural artifacts and natural history collections in the state. It invites everyone to enjoy a rich variety of sites, from the famous Milwaukee Art Museum to the smallest local historical society.

Putting Roots Down: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers
by Marcia C. Carmichael • $25
This part of our collective history comes alive at Old World Wisconsin's recreated 19th century heirloom gardens. In Putting Down Roots, historical gardener Marcia C. Carmichael guides us through these gardens, sharing insights on why the owners of the original houses planted and harvested what they did.

Wisconsin Gardens & Landscapes
by Mary Lou and Rick Santovec • $20
Visit over 100 public gardens, landscapes, nature preserves and nurseries in this exciting and colorful new guide, sure to please garden aficionados and landscape lovers alike.

These books and more are available at The Local Store, 205 N. Barstow St.