It is joy to read books that describe a passion of the author. "The Little Book of Gardening" combines passion for the art with an author that has a knack for writing. The result is a very readable informative guide to gardening. I will say that some plants are surprisingly absent (like Maple trees) but others are described with great artistry.
One thing to note is that Dr. Murphey is an organic gardening enthusiast and shares many of his tips on how to fertilize and control both weeds and pests organically. He also sees the beauty is some things that may seem commonplace, such as a lawn that has a few blushes of color due to weeds. Again it is Dr. Murphey's passion for nature and it the uniqueness of the plants that really sets "The Little Book of gardening" apart from other gardening books
Final Verdict - Maybe not the "only" gardening book that you will need in your library but it certainly deserves a spot as a trusted reference.
4 1/2 Stars
---Please note that I reviewed a free promotional copy provided by the author/publisher---------
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This second edition of The Little Book of Gardening is a comprehensive basic book for gardeners at all levels, a handbook that will not disappoint. It has been completely reorganized into chapters and topics. In addition to very useful information on all phases of gardening, Rhoads has created a checklist for each month to keep up with your garden, provided 1990 and 2006 Hardiness Zone maps and lists of desirable plants for each zone, given up-to-date sources of gardening supplies, presented sample garden layouts, given tips for dealing with problems from animals to weeds, and included seven beautifully detailed drawings of flowers. Rhoads does not take all the credit for his book: "This book is a distillation of my lifelong experience and that of many friends who have read and commented on the manuscript including two professional horticulturists and others whose gardens I admire." This second edition was edited, designed, and published by Susan Else Wyman of Wyman House Publications with illustrations by her granddaughter, Jordan Else Pemberton, honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and freshman at MICA (Maryland Institute-College of Art).