Sunset New Western Garden Book 4ED

by Sunset

Paperback, 1979



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Sunset Publishing (1979), Edition: 11th Printing


"The editors of Sunset-the West's most trusted source of gardening information for more than 80 years-have completely redesigned and updated The Western Garden Book in this new 2012 Ninth Edition. This edition includes a fresh new look, thousands of color photographs, fresh illustrations, and an easy-to-follow format."--Publisher.

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LibraryThing member LGandT
My go to gardening book
LibraryThing member SandyAMcPherson
I really should give 5 stars for this 1986 edition of Sunset’s classic Western Garden book ... I have an old-pre-ISBN-era copy from the 1970's. This updated edition is delightful and very useful in additional layout designs for problem gardening situations. The ½-star off is due to the poor
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coverage of the British Columbia area of the Pacific Northwest. Why stop at the 49th parallel?!!

In comparison, I subsequently found a copy of the 8th (2007) edition, and decided not to keep it. It is not nearly as user-friendly. Sections in what were previously landscaping designs for specific situations are so embellished with glossy photographs and plant cultivar close-ups as to render this information less detailed. As well, opening spreads are glossy postcard layouts, reminiscent of coffee table books emphasizing pretty views. Rather than this edition being a solid reference, these additions have reduced the book to a more general overview. So I'm preferentially keeping the 1986 edition (and my earliest Western Garden edition from the 1970's).
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LibraryThing member mykl-s
The one manual we relied on when we still had a garden. And, a great guide to climate and geography.


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10.7 inches


037603890X / 9780376038906
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