Owner/Designer - Jennifer Markel

513.646.8389

Cincinnati, Ohio

Websites of Great Organizations For Your Yard

Taking Care of your Yard (Purdue Extension) - Great general information on yard care.

https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/HO/HO-236-W.pdf

Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Native species lists according to location type (woodland, wet, etc).

http://ohiodnr.gov/gonative

The BYGL - Everything you need (or never needed) to know about gardening disease, pests, and plants in Ohio.

https://bygl.osu.edu/

Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder - A source you can always trust for good information on plant height, width, light needs etc.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plantfinder/plantfindersearch.aspx

National Wildlife Federation - Creating sustainable gardens for wildlife.

https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Annual Trials - A good local source that is helpful without being overwhelming when you hit the greenhouse.

http://cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/annuals/

Books for Reference and Enjoyment

Getting Started

 

Debra Knapke's books are good beginner books with solid information on plants.

http://www.debrathegardensage.com/books.html

Denny Mckeown has several books on gardening in Ohio. This is his latest. Another solid starter book.

http://bloomingarden.com/gardening-books/

Laara Duggan's book gets into a little more discernment about what you want for the best show in the garden.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Flowers-Midwest-Gardens-Low-Maintenance/dp/1556522630

 

Digging Deeper

Michael Dirr has forgotten more about plants than most of us in the green industry remember. These are the detailed encyclopedias of plants, be prepared.

http://www.timberpress.com/author/michael_a_dirr/39

Allan Armitage also has more plant knowledge than most in the industry can ever hope to retain. His books are a bit more approachable than Dirr but also very informative. He also has a fantastic plant app that everyone should use.

http://www.allanarmitage.net/

The New Sunset Western Garden Book delves into more plants from the west coast but has great information on plants across the country.

http://sunsetwesterngardencollection.com/in-the-garden/article/new-book-the-ultimate-gardening-guide

 

Planting to Save the World

Planting in A Post Wild World - Designing in a natural world that has changed tremendously. A fantastic book with practical design ideas and gorgeous photos.

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/planting-post-wild-world

Gaia's Garden - Getting into the nitty gritty of permaculture in a realistic way. A wonderful read.

http://tobyhemenway.com/book/gaias-garden/

Bringing Nature Home - If you are interested in going native this is one of the foundation books to read.

http://www.bringingnaturehome.net/

Last Child in the Woods - With such a large loss of natural space what is the impact on us and our children? This book covers that topic and is a very interesting read that should be on the shelf of every parent, educator and childcare facility.

http://richardlouv.com/books/

Fun Garden Reads

The 64$ Tomato - A humorous take on home vegetable gardening when you get a little obsessed.

http://williamalexander.com/64dollartomato/inside.cfm?page=excerpt

Botany of Desire - A wonderful look at how capable and smart plants really are. They are always thinking....

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/132200/the-botany-of-desire-by-michael-pollan/9780375760396/