Recommendations for excellent resources?

Asked August 13, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT

Hi - I am wondering if you could recommend some good books or websites, especially any you use as references in the master gardener program? Some year, after I retire, I aspire to be a Master Gardener myself; in the meantime, I hope I can call on your collective knowledge and experience for some help!

Centre County Pennsylvania

3 Responses

Here's a list of some of my favorite online resources:

1) Penn State Ext.

2) Ohio State Ext.

3) Rutgers Coop Ext.

4) Cornell Coop Ext.

5) Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

6) PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Invasive Plant Tutorial

7) Missouri Botanical Garden

I frequently use the university extension sites as their information is unbiased and accurate. I try to stay away from .com sites (commercial).

There are many wonderful books too. A great basic book is The Complete Garden Guide by TimeLife Books. Do you have a specific interest in an area of gardening? (native plants, vegetables, perennials, etc.) As a retired librarian and master gardener, I can make more specific recommendations if I know your particular interests.

Thank you so much, Barbara. My yard and limits on my time limit me to shade-loving perennials. I do have one beautiful bank in the front of my house with heritage roses on the top of the terrace, creeping phlox, blue rug juniper, some different varieties of sedum and carpet roses and stella d'oro day lilies. That bank could use some ground cover at the bottom of the hill to control some of the erosion. Even though it's a well established bed, there are still some spots that the plants have not filled in. So, thinking about might work visually without taking over. And I'm always looking for pretty things that will tolerate full shade. I appreciate the suggestions for good websites and the book. Best, Josephine

You are most welcome! I hope that your pursue your interest in gardening and become a Master Gardener. I also enrolled in the Penn State MG program after I retired and enjoy my volunteer activities and many opportunities to learn.