paper, 256 pp., $19.95
Directed to gardeners living in Washington and Oregon, and environments with similar weather conditions, this handy guide is notable for its advice on the fundamentals of gardening with herbs. It provides individual profiles of favorite herbs suitable for culture in these northwestern states and elsewhere. The authors take the reader through gardening procedures from preparing the grounds to harvesting the herbs. They also include a listing of those plants that can be grown successfully indoors, which is useful information for winter season herb culture. Attractively illustrated throughout the book, the text includes recipes, craft suggestions, and other tips on harvested crops. Particularly user-friendly for the novice gardener or cook, herb profiles are organized alphabetically by their most familiar common names, followed by additional common names, as well as their botanical nomenclature.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden