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Gardening Resources - GTG Favorites

Favorite Authors and Their Books:

Michael Dirr - Premier Tree and Shrub Expert

Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs

Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (textbook)

Adrian Bloom - Expert on Trees and Shrubs that Produce Cones

Gardening with Conifers

Allan Armitage - Expert on Perennial Plants

Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes (textbook)

Armitage's Native Plants for North American Gardens

Armitage's Garden Perennials: Second Edition, Fully Revised and Updated

Tracy DiSabato-Aust - Expert on Gardening and Plants

The Well-Tended Perennial Gardening: A Guide to Planting and Pruning Techniques

Nancy Ondra - Expert on Gardening and Plants

The Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide: What to Do & When to Do It

Other Favorite Authors: (too many to list)

William Cullina

Ken Druse

Rick Darke

C. Colston Burrell

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Books on Various Topics

Favorite Local Gardens:

Millenium Park (Downtown Chicago)

Chicago Botanic Gardens (Glencoe)

Morton Arboretum (Naperville)

Garfield Park Conservatory (West-side of city)

Lincoln Park Conservatory (Lincoln Park)

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (Behind Lincoln Park Conservatory)

Jackson Park Perennial Garden and Osaka Japanese Gardens (Hyde Park)

Anderson Gardens (Rockford)

Cantigny (Wheaton)

Bahai Temple (Wilmette)

Favorite Websites:

Missouri Botanical Garden - Plant Finder

Gardeners Supply Company - Best Prices and Inventory

Crescent Containers - My Favorite Containers (I have 40+ of them in my roofdeck garden)

John Scheepers Bulbs - Best Bulbs

Favorite Local Garden Centers:


Charles J Fiore

Urhausen Greenhouses

Meinke Garden Center

Fertile, LTD

Sprout Home

Christy Webber Farm and Garden Center

Jayson Home and Gardens

Adams and Sons

Chalet Nursery

Gethsemane Garden Center