National Gardening Day 2022

By Amanda Cooper, Marketing Intern, University Press of Kentucky

April 14th is National Gardening Day! If you’d like to pick up gardening as a hobby or learn more about how you can contribute to conservation efforts in your own backyard, check out these featured titles!

Kentucky Heirloom Seeds: Growing, Eating, Saving by Bill Best with Dobree Adams

“This book delves into how our ancestors saved seeds and gives tips on how you can save yours. Filled with interesting personal stories—from master gardeners to just home gardeners who saved seeds—it is an inspiring read.” —Kentucky Monthly

“In the expanding contemporary world of heirloom seed savers, Bill Best is already a legend with over 700 varieties of discrete beans and hundreds of tomatoes stockpiled and catalogued at his farm outside of Berea, Kentucky. Best is distinguished not only for his collection of seeds, but for his keen interest in the stories that accompany them and his ability to weave those stories into the history of a people and a region, the Appalachian South. At a time of growing attention to and focus on American foodways as history, Best’s book is a valuable resource that will be used across the discipline.” —Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes and Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes, and Honest Fried Chicken

Gardening for the Birds by Thomas G. Barnes 

“Barnes has created a step-by-step guide to help city dwellers develop their own wildlife-friendly environment that will attract birds, butterflies, and other outdoor life to urban and suburban backyards.” —Better Homes and Gardens

“Offers lots of Kentucky-specific and regional information about anything and everything that could help our fellow creatures feel at home in our yards. Native wildflowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, host plants of Kentucky butterflies, native trees, shrubs, grasses, and ferns—its all still there.” —Kentucky Native Plant Society

Plant Life of Kentucky: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Flora by Ronald L. Jones

“Offers a wealth of data. This 834-page work covers all of the documented vascular plants in the state as well as 250 others thought possibly to occur in Kentucky…. Jones’s volume should go a long way towards bringing Kentucky floristics into the modern era.” —Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences

“The most comprehensive guide ever written on Kentucky’s plant life…. A useful book for any Kentucky citizen who needs to know what a plant is and what role it plays in the ecosystem.” —Southeastern Naturalist

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The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields for a largely academic audience and the publication of books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide mandated nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, operated as an agency of the University of Kentucky and serving all state institutions of higher learning, plus five private colleges and Kentucky's two major historical societies.

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