The Internet is stupendous. to be able to search a thousand, a hundred thousand references at once, to search using a filter so you can scan photos rather than words. Wow. We who have researched plants and trouble since the dark ages pre-search-engine, truly appreciate the power of the Internet.
However, we will always love our library more. To fall asleep with a book, ah that's heaven.
Anyway, as we mention them in other places on the site, we'll post here the books we use and love. Eventually we'll post the complete bibliography from our Growing Concerns books, as we get their material posted on the site. Then this will be a library of titles.
Some of these are out of print. Support local book stores and used book cooperatives like abebooks.com by picking these up when you see them. Some -- you'll know which ones by our description -- are already so precious that if you find a copy you may be able to re-sell it to us to replace a copy we've worn through.
Arboriculture: Care of Trees, Shrubs and Vines in the Landscape, Harris, Richard W., Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood, NJ (1983)
Principles and Practice of Planting Trees and Shrubs, Watson, Gary W. and E.B. Himelick, International Society of Arboriculture, Savoy, IL (1997)
10,000 Garden Questions, Dietz, Marjorie, Editor, Doubleday & Company Inc., Garden City, New York (1982)
All About Weeds, Spencer, Edwin Rollin, Dover Publications Inc., New York (1968)
Ball Field Guide to Diseases of Greenhouse Ornamentals, Daughtrey, Margery, Ball Publishing, Geneva, Illinois (1992)
Coincide: The Orton System of Pest Management, Orton, Donald A., now available through laborofloveconservatory.com (1989/2007) (For examples of how this books is used: Tent Caterpillars and Spruce Gall.)
Common Tree Fruit Pests, Publication NCR 63, Michigan State University Extension (1993)
Controlling Vegetable Pests, Putnam, Cynthia, Editor, Ortho Books, San Ramon, California (1991)
Diseases and Pests of Ornamental Plants, Pirone, Pascal P., John Wiley & Sons, New York (1985) We couldn't do without this book so we have about 6 copies, from edition 3 through 5. No color photos in the book (black and white) but the organization and practicality are treasures. Look up a plant name to read through first the diseases common to that plant -- in order not by name but by likelihood you'll ever see it -- then insects, then physiologic problems. Down to earth practical control advice that spans the chemical-to-organic world and makes no bones about things that are "not serious enough to warrant control."
Diseases of Trees and Shrubs, Johnson, Warren T., Lyon, Howard H., & Sinclair, Wayne A.,Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York (1987)
Insects that Feed on Trees and Shrubs, Johnson, Warren T. & Lyon, Howard H., Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York (1988) Indispensable to us for researching insects that cause trouble in the ornamental garden. Packed with color photos and arranged by category of insect so if you have an inkling it's a caterpillar at work you can browse that section, etc. A university textbook, not common in retail bookstores
Managing Insects and Mites with Spray Oils, Publication 3347, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (1991)
Rodale's Garden Insect, Disease and Weed Identification Guide, Carr, Anna, & Smith, Miranda, Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania (1988)
The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies (includes useful Host Plant Index), Pyle, Michael, Chanticleer Press Inc., New York (1981)
The Ortho Problem Solver, and the abridged The Ortho Home Gardener's Problem Solver, Ortho Books, San Ramon, California (1993)
Tree Maintenance, Pirone, P.P., Oxford University Press, New York (1988)
Weeds, Muenscher, Walter Conrad, Cornell University Press (1980)