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The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide Flexibound – Feb 7 2012

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  • Flexibound: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 9 edition (Feb. 7 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0376039205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376039200
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
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Great book, super informative!! A definite must have for every gardener!! Great new full colour pictures compared to the older version.
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I just love this book, it is a very welcome addition to my collection of gardening books. It has been very informative. Every time I look inside I find something new or if I look for something specific it is there. What more can I say? A very good buy.
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HASH(0x999eb4ec) out of 5 stars Happy I updated from the eighth edition Feb. 22 2012
By andy - Published on
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
I was hesitant to purchase the new edition since my old one still has its binding on it. I am very happy I did. It says there are over 500 new plants. I really like the new section in the back of the book "Gardening, Start to Finish" it includes Plan, Dig, Plant, Containers, and a large section called Grow, it is broken down into sections like; trees, veggies, herbs, vines, natives, succulents, etc.

In the old edition, in the beginning there is a section called "A Guide to Plant Selection" (includes special effects, special situation, and basic landscaping) it is now called "Plant finder". The main difference is the new edition no longer has a symbol for the amount of water each plants uses, however, that information is still listed in the "encyclopedia" section.

Buy it, you will be happy you did, it is the best gardening book you can own!
99 of 105 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x999eb480) out of 5 stars This new edition is SO worth it - beautiful photos, sustainable angles, and an emphasis on regional and contemporary design March 17 2012
By Gen of North Coast Gardening - Published on
Format: Flexibound
If you're a gardener on the West Coast, you already know this book is a must-have. The only real question is, will you upgrade to the new edition? You may be wondering how different it could be from the old version. Well, for one, it has photos in the encyclopedia. Yep, the charming but often-frustrating illustrations have been replaced with vivid, beautiful photographs. And thank god, they put back the plant index, which was missing in the last edition.

The Plant Finder lists in the front have been revamped, with the old sections on broad categories of plants such as "annuals, "vines" and "ferns" replaced with more useful sections on "ornamental edibles", "plants that attract beneficial insects", "sculptural plants", "plants for moon gardens" and more. Altogether a solid improvement, given the Plant Finder lists are already broken down by type of plant. Having "trees" listed separately was kind of overkill given that you'd be better served by going to the section that most matches your garden, such as "plants for shade", and looking for tree ideas there.

Even better is the thematic direction they're taking. There's a definitely move towards clever sustainability and a contemporary style. While I buy the book for the Plant Finder lists and encyclopedia, I confess that the new emphasis on gorgeous design had me sitting down to read more carefully. The sections in the back about different ways to use both small and large succulent plants had me jotting down ideas. I just wish the book had a "pin it" button so I could add the pics to my Pinterest boards!

My very favorite aspect of the new book is their serious discussion of regional design. A garden should have a sense of place and reflect the region it grows in. Not only does using native plants and materials in the landscape reduce cost, maintenance, and the carbon footprint of trucking foreign plants from three states away, but it just feels right. When your garden has a lovely view of the redwoods yet reflects none of the beauty of the forest, you're missing the chance to connect your own garden to something greater than yourself.

The fact that the new Sunset is discussing this and giving tools and tips for achieving a landscape that feels connected to your surroundings - well, it fills my soul. This is important stuff.

OK, I should probably stop raving on it now as you're either convinced you need one, or you're a lost cause. But I will say one last thing. The actual format of the book makes it a lot easier to read. The cover bends flat and the book sits open, so you can read while eating breakfast, which is a huge selling point for a large book like this.
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HASH(0x999ee018) out of 5 stars Really disappointing June 1 2012
By Carole A Gittleman - Published on
Format: Flexibound
I usually buy each new edition of this book when it comes out. But this edition really missed the boat. The value of the book was that if you buy a plant that is new to you, you could find it in the book because the plants are cross referenced by common names - they redirect one to the proper name. In the new book this is missing. There is no way to find a plant unless you know the proper name in advance. For a lot of the plants I buy, I don't know the proper name, and I've been gardening for more than 50 years.
66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a13c1c8) out of 5 stars Older version is way better! April 26 2012
By Looseyb - Published on
Format: Flexibound
I'm very disappointed with the new version of this book. Yes, there are some new plants, but there are also a lot of entries that are no longer in the book. I was tempted to send it back, but for $20 it didn't seem worth it. The drawings in the previous version were way more informative than the photos in this book are. For example check out "Araucaria" and compare the old version to the new. I liked the entries in the old book which give you common names then the Latin names so you can go look up the plant. In my opinion, this book is a step back, not forward.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3029b4) out of 5 stars Still a must have book, but I prefer the 2001 edition (see) Aug. 31 2013
By Michael Gravel - Published on
Format: Flexibound
While this is still a must have book, the 2001 edition is the one I prefer. The powers that be at Sunset decided to make the book more visual. You may enjoy the pictures, but there is a downside. They are at the maximum number of pages they can have with this type of binding. Adding more pictures meant they had to delete text. A poor compromise in my opinion.

See my review of the 2001 edition of this book, which was the last edition to have a complete overhaul, much of it rewritten.

P.S. The information about the binding and decision to include more pictures at the expense of text is not speculation on my part. I have dozens of discussions with one of the senior editors about this edition and why Sunset made some of the decisions they did.

Hillside Gardener

If you wnat to buy this book, here's the one I prefer
Sunset Western Garden Book