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The May long weekend is typically the time when gardeners in Whistler clean up their gardens and begin planting shrubs, flowers and vegetables. The following booklist will help both the experienced and amateur gardener grow a healthy and beautiful garden.

100 Best Plants for the Coastal Garden: The Botanical Bones of Great Gardening by Steve Whysall, c1998 . A great guide for gardening on the West Coast.

100 Easy-to-grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens by Lorraine Johnson, c1999.

The Cook’s Garden: 100 Favourite Recipes and Expert Growing Advice from Canadian Gardening Magazine edited by Liz Primeau, c2003

Dead Daisies Make Me Crazy: Garden Solutions without Chemical Pollution by Loren Nancarron, c2000.

The Garden Color Book: 34,300 Combinations for your Garden by Paul Williams, c2000. Landscape gardening with foliage plants.

Gardener to Gardener Seed Starting Primer & Almanac by Vicki Mattern , c2002. A great guide to organic gardening.

Gardening 101: Learn how to Plan, Plant & Maintain a Garden, c2000. The editors of Martha Stewart Living teach you how to grow vegetables and flowers "the Martha way".

Gardening on Balconies & Terraces: Small Space Gardening in Containers by Susan Berry, c2001. Great for gardeners challenged by lack of space and/or soil .

Gardening with conifers by Adrian Bloom,c2002. With a list of gardens to visit worldwide, specialist suppliers, a bibliography and index, as well as superb photographs, this is a stunning reference for all gardeners.

How To Get Your Lawn Off Grass: A North American Guide to Turning off the Water Tap and Going Native by Carole Ruben, c2002 . Home-based water conservation starts with this book, the only North America-wide guide on how to convert your yard from a water-sucking source of pollution runoff to a flourishing, productive showcase of natural vegetation.

The Jewel Box Garden by Thomas Hobbs, c2004. A sequel to bestseller Shocking Beauty by Vancouver’s gardening guru, with wonderful photographs by David McDonald.

The Medicine Wheel Garden: Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration and Tranquility by Barrie Kavasch, c2002. The acclaimed author of American Indian Healing Arts presents an authentic, beautifully illustrated guide to transforming gardens--and lives--with medicinal plants and healing rituals .

Native Plants in the Coastal Garden by April Pettinger, c2002. This updated version of the classic guide to gardening with native plants on the West Coast offers comprehensive information on identifying plant habitats, attracting wildlife, and locating regional plants and seeds.

The Naturalized Garden in Canada: More Petals with Less Labour by S. Westcott-Grafton, c2001. A good introduction to naturalized landscaping and low maintenance gardening.

What Grows Where in Canada edited by Trevor Cole, c2004 . An extensive look at gardening in Canada with lots of great illustrations. A DK book.


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