A self-proclaimed “plant geek,” Cheryl received her Horticulture degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College. She spent many years working in the Otter Creek Landscape division and at John Michael Kohler Arts Center gardens. She’s now the office manager for The Wreath Factory and Otter Creek Landscape. Check out her blog for tips, travels and things that pop up in her garden.


Books, Books and More Books
by Cheryl Walsh - posted 03/17/14

At what point, do you have too many books on gardening?  I can't seem to collect enough of them.  About ten years ago, I decided I wanted to learn as much as I could about gardening by getting an associate degree in Horticulture from MATC in Mequon, WI.  This required me to take 21 horticulture classes.  I already had my bachelor's degree so I didn't have to take the general studies classes .   I so much wish right now that I could remember everything I learned from taking all those classes.  You know the saying - if you don't use it, you lose it.  Well that is correct. We were required to learn hundreds of botanical names (and their spellings) and be able to I.D. them.  Also, while taking these classes, the teachers (they were all awesome by the way) recommended additional books  that we may be interested in to add to our collection besides the many books required for the classes leading me to purchase over 40 books in a couple of years.  Last month when I attended the Madison Garden Expo, I decided I just had to add a couple more books to my ever growing collection.

Always looking for new recipes for all those vegetables and herbs from my garden, I had to have these two books that I purchased from the Fairshare CSA Coalition.  I love how they describe each vegetable and then give many recipes.

From Asparagus to Zucchini - A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce

Farm-Fresh and Fast - Easy recipes and tips for making the most of fresh, seasonal foods


It's all about the pictures and the book below has lots to inspire you and wish you could have lots of water features in your backyard.  

Better Homes & Gardens Water Gardening


I am always looking for quick gift ideas for garden club or for my plant geek friends.  These are all great for that!

Garden Hearts by Felder Rushing

The Inspired Gardener What Makes Us Tick? 

Plants with Benefits by Helen Yoest

Good Mushroom Bad Mushroom by John Pliscke III





I also like borrow gardening books from the library and if I absolutely love it, I will purchase it.  Books are great to hold us over in these cold months until we can actually get outside and start gardening.  What are your favorite books that inspire you?



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