Gardening books & organizations for gardening in the San Antonio area.
Last Updated: Dec 27, 2013
- South Texas Gardening with Bob Webster on KTSA 550 AM
Airs: Saturday 5:30am - 9am / Sunday 8am - 11am
A local rancher and nurseryman talks about creating colorful landscapes here in South Texas.
- Living Green San Antonio
Texas Public Radio's Dan Skinner hosts a podcast designed to promote sustainable living in San Antonio, including community gardens, plant conservation efforts and water-saving gardening.
- Central Texas Gardener on KLRU
Central Texas Gardener showcases exquisite Central Texas gardens and teaches how to have your own beautiful garden.
Web Sites that address all types of gardening from bushes to flowers to vegetables.
- Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
In addition to the classes they teach, the magazine they publish, and the practical lessons their gardens offer visitors, they post their knowledge and research online for you to read and download.
- Texas Home Gardening
Gardening guide that emphasizes growing fruits and vegetables.
- Plant Answers.com
Guidelines for planting, a calendar of gardening events in the San Antonio area, advice on just about everything related to gardening, and most of all answers to your gardening questions are all available on this site.
- Gardening Volunteers of South Texas
A “hands on” group they offer day and evening classes that are free and open to the public, and they volunteer gardening services to other community and civic organizations.
- San Antonio Botanical Gardens
The website’s “Gardening Guide” offers information in the following categories: Seasonal Information; Plant Care; Texas Natives; and Watersavers.
- Texas Superstar Plants
Highlights plants that perform well for Texans. In addition to tips on selecting your plants and getting the best out of your selections, the site also provides info on nurseries that carry these (sometimes unusual) plants.
- GardenWeb - Gardening in Texas
A forum for gardeners in the Lone Star state to discuss whatever gardening topic strikes their fancy. Pose questions or make suggestions for your fellow gardeners.
- Outstanding Landscape Plants for South Texas
A list of plants adapted to South Texas, organized by type of plant (vines, small shrubs, large shrubs, small trees, etc). Prairie View A&M created the list specifically for Bexar County.
Permaculture is "an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor."
Permaculture embraces practices and methods to make an endeavor, such as a garden, sustainable for the long-run and as self-sufficient as possible.
Publication Date: 2009-05-19
A good introduction to the practice of permaculture, with a chapter designed specifically for people in an urban environment with only a small space to work with.
Gardening in South Texas
When searching the catalog for books about gardening, your search terms will depend on the type of gardening you’re interested in—organic, flower, houseplants, etc. (In the case of houseplants use “house plants” or “indoor gardening”)
Texas Gardening for the 21st Century
Publication Date: 2010-02-01
Full of in-depth information and gardening tips, this resource contains the latest information on organic gardening and native plants, as well as regional-specific tips for each type of plant in the garden and creative suggestions for hardscaping.
Each chapter in this sourcebook is devoted to one of Texas's 12 gardening regions, describing each region's climate and soil type, and interspersed throughout are money-saving tips and professional landscaping advice on plant selection and garden maintenance. Containing all the information needed to create and maintain a healthy and beautiful Texas garden, this handbook is a great reference for any avid gardener.-- From publisher description.
1001 most asked Texas gardening questions
Call Number: 635.90976 SPERRY
Ever wonder what *exactly* a 'fast-growing shade tree' is? Or maybe you're wondering why your tomato plants aren't producing tomatoes. For more than 30 years Sperry has been answering these types of Texas gardening questions.
The questions in his book are divided by type of plant, and then by type of question. A keyword index in the back will help you locate specific plants or problems.
50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants
Publication Date: 2011-05-31
With full-color illustrations of each and every plant, Clausen introduces versatile and visually appealing plants that deer usually choose not to eat. Clausen includes design tips and companion plants for her 50 chosen annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs.
Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac
Call Number: 635.09764 WELSH
Publication Date: 2007-10-25
Written in a conversational style familiar to his radio listeners, Welsh aims to be a practical guide for gardeners new and experienced. He wants readers to have fun with both his book and their gardening.
A month-by-month guide to gardening. Welsh includes information about garden design as well as plant care of trees, shrubs, flowers, lawns, herbs, fruit and vegetables.
Call Number: 639.92 DAMUDE
Publication Date: 1999-01-01
Does the idea of sitting back with a cold drink while watching hummingbirds or butterflies dancing in your yard appeal to you? Choose the right plants and you can provide both food and shelter for native animals which will attract butterflies, birds and other wildlife to your yard.
Houston and El Paso offer very different growing conditions and challenges. Texas wildscapes acknowledges this truth by offering plants appropriate to the diverse regions of Texas. Color photographs of various types of gardens are offered to spark your creativity.
Bringing nature home : how native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens
Call Number: 639.92 TALLAMY
Still not completely sold on the notion that using native plants in your garden benefits your wallet & your garden? Give Tallamy a chance to convince you.
Suburban development threatens wildlife from ladybugs to butterflies to the golden-cheeked warbler. Suburban gardeners can help protect wildlife and biodiversity by creating sustainable ecosystems using native plants.
Tallamy explains *why* biodiversity, even in our suburban areas, is crucial to our ecological future. Color photos and a listing of landscape-worthy, wildlife-attracting native plants by region make choosing suitable plants easier.
Heirloom Gardening in the South
Publication Date: 2011-04-07
The authors explore the American South’s gardening heritage from the sisters of Native American practice to the formality and order of the French and the orange blossoms and Spanish-daggers of Spain. But the emphasis is on rediscovering southern heirloom plants and designing your own garden.
The beginner's guide to edible herbs
Call Number: 635.7 SMITH
Publication Date: 2010
As Smith states in the title, The beginner's guide to edible herbs is intended as an instruction into herb gardening for beginners. Smith has provided a primer on the herbs most commonly used in cooking. Each herb’s entry provides instructions for growing, harvesting, preserving and using the herb. Recipes and comments on the healing uses of herbs are also included.
Grow the Good Life
Call Number: 635 OWENS
Publication Date: 2011-02-15
Why don’t Americans—why don’t you—garden?
Creating a backyard garden has many benefits, and Owens draws on science, history and stories from his own garden to show you why a backyard garden is worth the trouble.
Publication Date: 2011-03-29
A fascinating look at the founding fathers from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen, and farmers. For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating.
Andrea Wulf reveals for the first time this aspect of the revolutionary generation. She describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island, George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson's and John Adams's faith in their fledgling nation; how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram's garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism.
These and other stories reveal a guiding but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution. Founding Gardeners adds depth and nuance to our understanding of the American experiment, and provides us with a portrait of the founding fathers as they've never before been seen
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You can save money, time and the environment by making a few careful choices. Let these web sites help.
- Green Living & Sustainability
The Green Living and Sustainability guide provides access to materials and resources that will allow citizens and consumers to shrink their footprint on the planet.
- Earth Kind
Sponsored by A&M this site offers advice and assistance in gardening (and landscaping) in an environmentally friendly way.
- Go Green NOLA
In addition to practical how-to essays such as "Methods of Natural Pest Insect Control" and "Composting - Making Trash into Treasure", they include articles about new and different gardening efforts around the country.
- Pearl Farmers Market
Feeling a yen for some fresh local produce, much of it organic? Pearl is host to a producers only farmers market every Saturday morning.
- Local Harvest
Designed to help you find local Farmer's Markets, Family Farms and Organic Food.
- Texans for Alternatives to Pesticides
Their hope? "Let's save the planet one yard at a time!" If you're concerned about the (excessive) use of pesticides today, you're not alone. This group has been working to educate people, and eliminate pesticide use, since 1999.
- cTc - Citizens Tree Coalition
Aesthetics aside, trees provide huge benefits to our area in the form of air pollution removal, stormwater management, and energy usage reduction.
- Living Green S. A.
Articles & information about living green in San Antonio have been gathered in one place by the Express-News.
- Greener Choices for a Better Planet
GreenerChoices.org, launched on Earth Day 2005 by Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, is a Web-based initiative to inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices.