Reference books on houseplants, gardening and anything else..

tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)October 2, 2012

I recently saw a book at Lowes on houseplants / container gardening. I wanted it...but it was $18. I cant ever see paying that for a book. So I do what I always do and went to Amazon to look up books on houseplants and the such...

I found a book called "The Encyclopedia of Houseplants". Want to know what I paid for it?

8 cents plus $4 shipping. My total came to $4.07

AWESOME. I just wanted you to be aware of this. I buy all my book here this way. I buy them used in very good condition and when I get them they are ALWAYS in BRAND NEW condition like it has never been opened.

:-)

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brodyjames_gw

Another good place to try is Half Price Books.

Nancy

Here is a link that might be useful: Cheap(er) books

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 10:16PM
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flowerpottipper

I have a HUGE collection of houseplant books, plus quite a few of container gardening, succulents, orchids, and a few on basic gardening. I love collecting houseplant books besides collecting houseplants themselves...I go to second hand stores all the time to look for them. I find alot of houseplant books from the 1970's, but that's okay, I still love them.

I have:
40 houseplant books
5 binders on houseplants
6 containers (2 are magazines but they still count to me)
2 on sunroom/green houses (I dont have a green house or sunroom, but they still have good info on houseplants)
6 books on succulents and cactus
6 books on orchids
11 books on basic gardening

I could look at them all day, I love reading. And I don't buy a brand new books unless it's one I know is really good and useful. Or else I buy them used because I just don't have the extra money to spend $20-40 on a brand new book. I usually find them used for under $5, I just hunt thrift/2nd hand stores, used book stores, and sometimes yard sales for books, and I find them ALL the time.

And their's still quite a few houseplants books I really want. I also like checking books out of the libary to see if they're a book I really should buy and spend money on. Like I found one recently on weird and unusual plants, mostly houseplants, that I really want.

Here's a picture of 'some' of my books-

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 11:40PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Great idea!!!

Ill have to check that out Tiff!!! : )

Flowerpot tipper... nice collection!!!

Have a great evening...

Laura

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 1:49AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Join bookmooch.com, tons of books on there for free!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 8:47AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

At Lowe's I can take the $18 book over to the patio furnature area (When it has not been replaced with Christmas stuff.) and set there and read their $18 book for hours, then return it to the book shelf.

Inter-library loan which has always been good in some few areas has sometimes gotten better.

If you are anywhere west of the great plains states browse the Sunset Western Garden Book which may be found at Lowe's.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 1:47PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

At Lowe's I can take the $18 book over to the patio furnature area (When it has not been replaced with Christmas stuff.) and set there and read their $18 book for hours, then return it to the book shelf.

Inter-library loan which has always been good in some few areas has sometimes gotten better.

If you are anywhere west of the great plains states browse the Sunset Western Garden Book which may be found at Lowe's.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 1:48PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Just don't take it in the men's room. Any other Seinfeld fans?

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 4:24PM
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flowerpottipper

purpleinopp-

lol, I'm not a Sienfeld fan, but that's still funny...I really hope nobody actually does that.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 4:28PM
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strobiculate

The most useful books I never expected...the house plant expert, books one and two, by D. G. Hessayon.

The "go-to" reference for houseplants...foliage plants for decorating indoors, elbert and elbert.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 10:15PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Yea I have a few Hessayon books including an old copy if House Plant Expert I bought as a kid! !

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 3:32AM
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flowerpottipper

I agree with strobiculate and greenlarry, the Houseplant expert is one of my favorite out of all my books, atleast the first one is (I don't own the 2nd one, but I am thinking of ordering it from Amazon). It has alot of plants, including some unusual and rare houseplants, where as other houseplant books just have the more basic houseplants.

Also the binders called 'Success with Houseplants' is my other favorite, but they are harder to find (they've been out of print for a very long time). You have to look at 2nd hand stores and also Amazon (also sometimes ebay) has some, but it's really hard to find the whole collection (I'm still missing most of one binder).

-fpt

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 4:55AM
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dproc22(2b)

OMG I just doing that success with house plants book in my closet! I got it from my grandma;) it is a really great houseplant book

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 1:17AM
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birdsnblooms

Tiff, great price. Also, check the library. Maybe someone mentioned the library before..if so sorry.

If you find a book, 'library,' you enjoy, and want to keep, go back to Amazon and look for a used copy.

Who's the author of your new house plant book?

Purple...ROFL..yes, I too am a Seinfeld fan. Yep, don't bring a book in the bathroom, it'll be marked. lol

Flower Power...you didn't complete the plant book binders? Thankfully, I got all six. I really like the binders, there's a good number of sections about plants and ideas. Toni

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:06AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

I have a very old book on house plants that I 'acquired' from the school library many years ago. The illustrations are all line drawings and as a kid I coloured them in with felt tip pens. The book is called The Young Specialist Looks at Cacti and Indoor Plants, by B. Schonfelder and W. J. Fischer. Ive never come across it anywhere else, and its coming with me wherever I go!
In those days brick is mentioned a lot in the compost mix!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:16AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Heres a page from that book, hand coloured by my younger self. Ah the memories ...

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:43AM
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birdsnblooms

Hey Larry, you have a talent with crayons..lol..
Seriously, you did a great job. If you hadn't admitted coloring in pencil-drawn pics, it'd look official.

Is there a Copywrite date?

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:52AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Well the book was published in 1966 a translation from the german.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:57AM
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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

THe book is:

The Houseplant Encyclopedia. Maggie Stuckey I like it for a starter book. Lots of useful information in it for sure. I was looking at the Houseplant Expert on Amazon. I think it was noted as a best seller....

I love books. I could never get a kindle. I dont like the idea of them. I like the physical book, I like to make notes, I just like the history of a book.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 8:41PM
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flowerpottipper

Hopefulauthor-

I've only been into collecting houseplants and houseplant books for a little over a year, so when Success with Houseplant's binders where out (I beleive they where by mail?) I didn't even know or care about them. So I've been forced to look for them at thrift/2nd hand stores. I've found most of them at a local Goodwill, and boy was I excited...
But of course it's missing the good parts, which is the foliage plants and cactus & succulents (and another part or 2) actually I think it's the whole 2nd binder, but the rest of the collection is complete...But I havent givin up in finding the rest, about once a week I check out all the local thrift shops hoping to find it...I won't stop looking til I find it lol.

-fpt

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 1:31AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Tiff, I used to say that I would never like or use a Kindle, also. That was until my husband gave me one (my first one) . I soon realized that I didn't need to hold a book in my hand....I craved the reading experience, not the paper.

That being said, I certainly enjoy having my many books around me (thousands). I used to collect books and texts on all kinds of horticultural topics, but am about topped out. The internet is an essential resource for me these days. Books are an essential tool for those learning about plants, I agree. I wish that I still had a good stash to share with some of you. (You can't have my signed copies.)

I've been donating a large number of my reference books to high school hort. and science programs. Other books that I can bear to part with are being bundled off to shelters, halfway homes, and school libraries.

But don't think about taking my Kindle Fire!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 7:31AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

I have a book reader too, a sony. Kindle was too limiting for me, sony offers me more freedom, and more free books!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:27AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

My Mom really likes hers and I've never played with it but my son has been banned from it after spending a LOT of money downloading games and upgrades for games. She's called them to ask for help blocking that stuff but after 3-4 attempts, it keeps happening. Looks like they don't care (greedy,) are not competent walking her through it, or it's just not possible to keep him from charging things to the account. We're not sure and not very happy about it. Apparently you need the password to sign on and play, and it's as easy as knowing that password to charge things to the account. He's only 7, so has been given the benefit of the doubt that he doesn't understand the difference between signing on to play and doing something (within the SAME GAME) that causes charges on Mom's account. Not opening my wallet to these people.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 9:51AM
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birdsnblooms

Larry, I think most hp books pre-70's were drawings. I have a few oldies; a couple have actual black and white pics.

Tiff, thought the book you have is one I found on Amazon several years ago..it's not..Mine is A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants..
However, I will take a peek at your book via Amazon.

FPT...When I first posted the binders here on Ebay, 'was it 9 yrs?' ppl were emailing, left and right, asking where I got them. lol.
Yes, 36 cards were sent via snail mail every three wks. I can't be sure, but think it took 1.5 years before collecting all six binders.

Check Ebay. Every so often ppl have these binders for sale. One woman emailed me about the binders. I told her to go to Ebay..FPT, she got all 6 books for 49.00!!!!! Excellent condition. I couldn't believe it. lol.
Most Ebay sellers have the first binder, but I've seen other binders, too. So, it can't hurt to check, and do so periodically.

Wow, C&S's and Foliage..the best parts..lol. Hope you locate them.

I'm with Tiff about not buying Kindle. lol. Sorry folks. I love computers, but a book is much easier carrying around, and no need to push a buttom. And less money, too. I read everywhere..and I mean everywhere..Doc's office, while Waiting, before going to bed, in the yard, etc. Everywhere.

Purple, guess I'm like George, too. lol. Toni

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 10:38AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Purple, Ive never paid for a single ebook, and I have hundreds! Including an interesting old book on apple trees, downloaded for free.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 10:43AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Ditto...many of the books I have in my Kindle library were free...or under $5.00. I confess to downloading a lot of (free) word and card games, too. Many times, I post to the GardenWeb from my Kindle Fire!

It goes with me everywhere....it's a lot smaller and lighter than a book.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 12:38PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Wouldnt mind a kindle fire myself as an upgrade, especially as it has a browser. Just as long as it can use epub format.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 1:22PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm on mine, right now. :-)

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 4:06PM
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