Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Review: Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening

Author: Neil Sperry

Publisher: Taylor Publishing Company

Copyright: 1982

About The Author
Neil Sperry grew up in College Station, the son of a professor and head librarian. He attended Texas A and M, but transferred to Ohio State University, where he completed both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture.
His name has been synonymous with Texas gardening since 1970.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Texas has long been known for it's outstanding landscapes and gardens. Horticulture is one of our state's leading hobbies. However, it is not always easy to find reference materials on creating beautiful landscapes and gardens.

Mr. Sperry provides nearly 500 pages of text, color photos, maps and diagrams. Texas is divided into zones and the author recommends different kinds of plants for different kinds of climate in the state.

This book provides basic information about planning your landscape, trees, shrubs, lawns, flower gardens, vegetable gardens and solving plant problems. Each section of the book is illustrated with dozens of beautiful color illustrations.

This book is well-known and is considered a must-have for Texas gardeners and hobbyists.

My Thoughts
I picked up a copy of the 1982 version of this book at an estate sale. There is now a revised edition (1991) available in both print and for the Kindle on Amazon.Com. I am very pleased with my older edition and do not feel the need to update at this time.

Why am I reading a gardening book???
I have to admit that I am not very good with plants. I was motivated to start reading this book because we just bought a new home with beautiful landscaping in the front and back yards. I have LOTS of questions and I am finding the answers I need in this book.

I like this book because it provides basic information about how to choose plants, water, fertilize, prune and avoid insects and disease. This book is a good starting place for finding answers to gardening and landscaping questions. I hope the information in this book will help me keep all my new plants healthy and beautiful. I am especially nervous about the roses....my new yard has about 20 rose bushes in full bloom.

"Neil Sperry's Complete Guide To Texas Gardening" is a very useful reference book for all gardeners in the great state of Texas. This is a practical guide for both beginners and experienced horticulture enthusiasts.

My Rating: 5 Stars Out Of 5

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