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Book Reviews by OCMGA

Interested in gardening and looking for a book for yourself or for a gift?  Wondering which publications and websites offer the most interesting and helpful perspectives?  In our quarterly newsletters, we carry reviews of publications and various websites to assist our Master Gardener Volunteers with those same questions.  For your information and to help you find the perfect source, check the list below for the reviews that have appeared in past issues!

  • 'Poison Spring: The Secret Story of Pollution and the EPA' by E. G. Vallianatos (Summer 2014)
  • 'Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation' by Michael Pollan (Spring 2014)
  • 'Teeming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Nutrition' by Jeff Lowenfels (Winter 2013)
  • 'Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail Central Sands Prairie Region', a project of Governor Jim Doyle (Fall 2013)
  • Back Home, a magazine article "Your Hands on Guide to Sustainable Living" (Fall 2013)
  • 'Charles and Emma, The Darwins' Leap of Faith' written by Deborah Heiligman (Summer 2013)
  • 'Pioneers of Ecological Restoration:  The People and Legacy of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum' written by Franklin E. Court (Spring 2013)
  • 'This Tender Place:  The Story of a Wetland Year' by Laurie Lawlor (Spring 2013)
  • 'The Vertical Farm' written by Dr. Dickson Despommie (Winter 2012)
  • 'French Kids Eat Everything' written by Karen LeBillon (Fall 2012)
  • Heirloom or Genetically Modified? Resources to Consider (Summer 2012)
  • 'Putting Down Roots - Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers' written by Maria C. Carmichael (Spring 2012)
  • 'Guns, Germs and Steel' written by Jared Diamond (Winter 2011)
  • 'Founding Gardeners' written by Andea Wulf (Fall 2011)
  • 'Wild Flowers at a Glance' written by Julius King (Summer 2011)
  • 'Organic Gardening Magazine'  Note:  one of the sanctioned projects of the OCMGA is an organic test garden that is planted each year using recommendations and seeds chosen by Organic Gardening Magazine.  For more details and photographs, please see the Organic Test Garden within the Photo Gallery on this website. (Spring 2011)
  • www.greenamerica.com - review of website (Winter 2010)
  • Herb Quarterly - review of magazine (Fall 2010)
  • 'Wayfinders:  Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World' written by Wade Davis (Spring 2010)
  • 'Lasagna Gardening' written by Patricia Lanza (Winter 2009)
  • 'Ecological Intelligence:  How Knowing the Hidden Impact of What We Buy Can Change Everything' written by Daniel Goleman (Fall 2009)
  • 'Fruitless Fall:  The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis' written by Rowan Jacobsen (Summer 2009)
  • 'Tomorrow's Table Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food' written by Pamela C. Ronald and Raoul W. Adamchak (Spring 2009)


Children's Books:

  • 'Celebritrees--Historic & Famous Trees of the World' written by Margi Preus (Winter 2011)
  • 'One Red Apple' written by Harriet Ziefert (Summer 2010)
  • 'The Story of the Root Children' written by Sibylle von Olfers (Summer 2010)
  • 'The Flower Ball' written by Sigrid Laube and Silke Leffler (Summer 2010)