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The top dozen from my library of some 325 PLANT book titles, that I would keep if forced to reduce from 30 feet of shelf space to about 2 feet 8 inches . . . assuming copies of books written by myself could be kept.

Bailey, Liberty Hyde. 1914-1917
The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture
6 vols. New York: MacMillan
    The greatest horticultural title ever produced in America. It utterly shames modern works such as the RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Its completeness, erudition, illustration and layout are all superb.

Bailey, Liberty Hyde. 1976
Hortus Third
Rev. by L. H. Hortorium Staff. New York: MacMillan
    A scholarly, concise, enumeration of horticultural plants grown in North America, and their myriad names.

Bean, W. J. 1970-1980
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles
8th ed., 4 vols. Rev. by D. L. Clarke, chief ed. London: John Murray
    Comprehensive, learned account of cultivated temperate-zone woody plants. Weak in U.S. cultivars.

Brickell, Christopher & Judith D. Zuk. 1997
American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
NY: DK Publishing.
    Of the clumsily stout and heavy modern encylopedic books packed with color photos, I prefer this.

Byther, Ralph et al. 2006, 3rd ed.
Landscape Plant Problems: A Pictorial Diagnostic Manual
Puyallup, WA: Washington State University Cooperative Extension
    Color photos of Western Washington common garden plant bugs and diseases. When consulting, I use the photos to show clients. Once one learns the problem's name, then other sources suggest actions. (You can buy this at SSCC's bookstore.)

Facciola, Stephen. 1998, 2nd ed.
Cornucopia II: A Source Book of Edible Plants
Vista, CA: Kampong Publications
    The most practical and handy book to learn about edibility of plants, and their availability.

Feeney, Stephanie (ed. Debra Prinzing). 2002, 9th ed.
Northwest Gardeners' Resource Directory
Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Press
    All Northwest gardeners will find this helpful, though a new edition would be better.

Hill, Susan & Susan Narizny. 2004
The Plant Locator® Western Region
Portland, OR: Black-Eyed Susan Press and Timber Press
    The quickest way to learn about commercial availability of garden plants. More than 50,000 plants included.

Hillier, John, and Allen Coombes. 2002, 7th ed.
Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs
Newton Abbot, England: David & Charles
    Useful one-volume, compact, and comprehensive list of cultivated temperate-zone woody plants. Weak in U.S. cultivars.

Mabberley, D. J. 2008, 3rd ed.
Mabberley's Plant-Book: A Portable Dictionary of Plants
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
    By far the best one-volume source to look up any plant family or genus. Small, dense and invaluable.

Stace, Clive A. 2010, 3rd ed.
New Flora of the British Isles
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
    The best botany book to identify non-native plants growing wild in the Seattle area. Richly complete; over 1,000 pages.

Sunset. 2012, 9th ed.
Sunset Western Garden Book
Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Corp
    All western North American gardeners should own this. Every edition gets better.

(originally published in my November 26th 2007 newsletter. In three cases above, I have replaced earlier editions with newer ones.)

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