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Gardening books & organizations for gardening in the San Antonio area.
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Web Sites of Interest

     Web Sites that address all types of gardening from bushes to flowers to vegetables.

  • Garden Style San Antonio  
    Find a plant, design a landscape, garden tips and coupons can all be found here. Best of all, the website focuses on San Antonio so everything is optimized for our area.
  • 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.
  • Plant  
    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.
  • Dave's Garden
    While not written specifically for South Texas, this website and its members provide advice and assistance in everything from choosing plants to identifying pests to picking the source of your seeds and plants.

What is 'Permaculture'?

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.

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Gaia's Garden - Toby Hemenway
ISBN: 9781603580298
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.


Welcome to Gardening in South Texas

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”)


Favorite Gardening in South Texas Books

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Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac - Douglas F. Welsh; Aletha St. Romain (Illustrator)
Call Number: 635.09764 WELSH
ISBN: 9781585446193
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.

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Month-by-month gardening in Texas - by Dale Groom and Dan Gill
Call Number: 635.09764 GROOM
When should you prune? When should you plant your flowers? When should you plant your vegetables? Tending a garden can seem overwhelming. By organizing your garden's needs over the calendar year it's easier to remind yourself of what tasks need to be done, not to mention *when*!

Groom and Gill also include larger how-to topics like *how* to prune and the most effective planting techniques.

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Cheryl Hazeltine's central Texas gardener - by Cheryl Hazeltine ; photographs by Cheryl Hazeltine & Richard Hazeltine.
Call Number: 635.09764 HAZELTINE
Publication Date: 2010
Previously published as The Central Texas Gardener and The New Central Texas Gardener.

Chapters include: Gardening with central Texas soils -- The gardener's tools -- Creating a garden, designing a landscape -- Lawns and turfgrasses for central Texas -- Alternatives to lawns: ground covers and accent plants -- Trees and shrubs: selection, planting, and care -- Trees for central Texas: a selection -- Shrubs for central Texas: a selection -- Vines and climbers -- Flowers -- The vegetable garden -- Trouble in the garden.

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1001 most asked Texas gardening questions - by Neil Sperry
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.

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Texas Gardening for the 21st Century - Patricia Scott McHargue; Nan Booth Simpson
ISBN: 9781933979687
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.

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50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants - Alan L. Detrick (Photographer); Ruth Rogers Clausen
ISBN: 9781604691955
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.

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Heirloom Gardening in the South - William C. Welch; Greg Grant; Cynthia W. Mueller (Contribution by); Jason Powell (Contribution by); Felder Rushing (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781603442138
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.

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Herbs for Texas : a study of the landscape, culinary, and medicinal uses and benefits of the herbs that can be grown in Texas - by Howard Garrett with Odena Brannam
Call Number: 635.70976 GARRETT
Herbs offer flavor to your cooking, appealing scents for your garden, and simple remedies for your health.

Herbs for Texas zeroes in on nearly 150 herbs suited to Texas and Southwestern gardens. It offers detailed information about each plant's possible uses in your landscaping, cooking and medicine chest. The authors even include the occasional recipe!

Garrett also sets forth the basics of organic gardening, including pest control.


Gardening Philosophies

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Founding Gardeners - Andrea Wulf
ISBN: 9780307269904
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


Reduce Your Water Bill & Preserve Our Environment

     Choosing plants that require less water helps our environment and ensures your garden or landscaping stays vibrant even under watering restrictions.

SAWS is now offering an Irrigation Design Rebate for Residential Properties! Find out how you can earn up to $800 in a rebate from SAWS for changing your irrigation system at:

And SAWS even offers a Landscape Care Guide focused on maintaining a low water-use landscape.

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  Going (and Saving!) Green

      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.
  • 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, 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.

Gardening Can Be Murder!

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Harvest of murder - by Ann Ripley
Call Number: MYSTERY Ripley
Publication Date: 2001
Sixth in the series, Harvest of Murder combines familial banter, evil machinations and plant genetics into a tale of murder. A friend of Louis Eldgridge tells her of a special plant he’s propagating for eventual commercial sale shortly before he’s murdered.

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Flowerbed of State - Dorothy St. James
ISBN: 9780425240571
Publication Date: 2011-05-03
Casey Calhoun's passion for gardening has carried her to President's Park on which sits the White House. But when she finds a dead body in a trash can, Casey has to root out a killer before she ends up planted herself.


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