Monday, November 25, 2019

Washington Gardener Donates 10 New Gardening Books to Brookside Gardens' Horticultural Reference Library

Stephanie OberleDirector, Brookside Gardens, peruses the latest batch of  donated books.

Washington Gardener Magazine donated 10 new gardening books to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD, on Friday, November 22. These books will be added to their Horticultural Reference Library collection. 

Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener's editor and publisher, said, "We are committed to sharing gardening knowledge with the greater community along with promoting visitation and use of our local public gardens."

Three of the books in this donation batch were reviewed in the November 2019 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine. Here are a excerpts from those reviews:

• Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard: “I would highly recommend this book to both experienced and first-time gardeners who want easy tips and tricks on how to plant your own small meadow!” – Taylor Markey, Washington Gardener fall editorial intern

• Growing Herbs for Food and Medicine “is the all-in-one guide you need to help you start planting and tending for herbs.” – Jessica Kranz, Washington Gardener fall editorial intern

• Dragonflies and Damselflies: A Natural History: “If you have a home library with a natural history section and children, say, over 12 years old, you should consider getting this book.” – Jim Dronenburg, local gardener and Washington Gardener freelance writer

The value of the 10 donated books is approximately $220, which brings the total to about $7,200 worth of books donated to Brookside’s Horticultural Reference Library over the past seven years by Washington Gardener Magazine.

According to the Montgomery Parks website, “The Mission of the Horticultural Reference Library at Brookside Gardens is to be a resource for Brookside Gardens and Montgomery County Parks staff, the citizens of Montgomery County, and any other individual interested in learning about the science and art of Horticulture (Adopted 1997). The library is staffed Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (or by appointment) by volunteer librarians ready to help you find answers to your plant questions. After library hours, visitors can submit plant and gardening questions to the Information Desk and will receive an answer by phone or email.”

About the author:
Taylor Markey is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in multi-platform journalism. She is an editorial intern at Washington Gardener this autumn.


  1. Based on the recommendation in your last email, my boyfriend and I went to the Garden of Lights at Brookside on Friday. The lights, greenhouse, and model trains were beautiful. We also enjoyed the jazz band and hot cider. Even the gift shop had lots of great things that I'll probably go back and pick up as Christmas gifts. I will definitely bring my parents the next time they visit.

    1. That is great to hear that you enjoyed the Garden of Lights and plan a return trip. Thanks for letting me know, Randie!


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