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Top Gardeners Pick Their Go-To Books

What is your favorite, dog-eared, gardening book?

Which books do experienced horticulturists green-thumb through when they need advice? The Republic, of Columbus, Indiana published, Survival guides: the books that keep America’s best gardeners growing.

Of the four selections, The Organic Lawn Care Manual was chosen by Margie Radebaugh, director of horticulture and education at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA.

Why this particular choice?

“This excellent book explains how to grow an organic, beautiful lawn. I referenced this book as Phipps transitioned its historic front green to organic practices, but it is also a practical guide for the homeowner. (Tukey) provides a step-by-step guide for going organic, whether that means simply doing nothing but mowing, or aiming for the perfect lawn without the hazards. … (It) guides you systematically through the process of shifting to an organic lawn.”

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