Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs by Michael Dirr is on bookshelves now and you get a chance to win one of your own! This is the most comprehensive collection of information on trees and shrubs ever published, with over 380 genera, more than 3700 species and cultivars, and 3500 photographs contained within its 951 pages.
This is a BIG book. It's the kind you use to boost small children at the dinner table. But that would be somewhat sacrilegious to use it in that way, given that it's been called "the bible" of woody plants. You'll want to keep it at hand to answer any and all questions you may have about the subject.
I received a review copy from Timber Press a couple of weeks ago and I've spent a fair amount of time looking through it and reading it. My official review is posted on my other blog, Gardening by the Book, as well as on Horticulture magazine's website. (Just click on either link to read it.)
Now...wouldn't you like to have one of these for your very own? Timber Press is giving one away this Friday, December 2, 2011. All you need to do is head on over to their site and leave a comment on the giveaway blog post by 4:00 PM PST that day. Good luck!
There are other bloggers that will be posting their reviews of the book this week too, promoting the giveaway. I'll update the list of them here as their blog posts are published.
- Gossip in the Garden ~ Rebecca Sweet
- J Peterson Garden Design ~ Jenny Peterson
- Gardens of the Wild, Wild West ~ Mary Ann Newcomer
- North Coast Gardening ~ Genevieve Schmidt
- Western Gardeners ~ Jodi Torpey
- The Grumpy Gardener ~ Steve Bender
- Gardens by Kelly Productions ~ Kelly Norris
- Gardener to Farmer ~ Jean Ann Van Krevelen