3 books for plant lovers, gardeners

OK, it’s December. If you’re like me, you’re still either trying to decide what to get for Christmas for that special gardener in your life or you dutifully ordered something six months ago and it’s still sitting on a cargo ship off the coast of Los Angeles.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift, here’s a little hint. I never met a good gardener who didn’t love a great read. And since both my office and home are buckling under the collective weight of 40 years’ worth of collecting and reading nature, plant, garden and science books, I thought I’d share a few recommendations.

by Rebecca Scott

'Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution,' by Rebecca Scott

Any gardener or would-be gardener who has not read Darwin is missing the boat. Sorry, that’s just the way it is. His 1859 work, “The Origin of Species,” that turned the world on its collective ear is just one part of Darwin’s genius. His other works, while less well known, are equally insightful. And with even a superficial reading you can’t help but see the gardener’s soul behind his words and works.

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