cloth, 144 p., $29.95
Author Matt James, a most enthusiastic gardener, transfers that enthusiasm (first seen on British television) to the pages of his book The City Gardener. Never mind that you have a rubble-strewn, clay-packed alleyway, a condominium balcony or even a small yard: James can transform it.
James delivers his information with enough verve to inspire even the most chair-bound reader to leap up and get those containers filled. The photos of James gardening explain his popularity as a television personality, but the best section of the book is his rating of plants for their suitability (or lack of it) in small gardens.
Keep in mind that some of his plants work best in English gardens and are not hardy here; substitutes can be found, however. With that caveat aside, this book is recommended as a good, fast read. Now get working!
— Adele Kleine, library volunteer, master gardener, and contributing writer to Chicagoland Gardeningmagazine