Help Desk Library Reference Sources

Compiled by Steven Bell, Certified Master Gardener
Edited by Elena Rodriguez, Certified Master Gardener

There are print copies of this information in our Horticultural Help Desk Library. Below are links to online versions (pdfs and websites), public library records or online book shops. Additional useful links are can be found here.

GeneralCompostingContainer GardeningFerns | Grasses | InsectsInvasive Species | Mushrooms & Fungi | Native PlantsPest & Disease Control | Pruning | Shrubs | Soil | Sustainable Gardening | TreesTurf | Vegetables | Weeds | Wildlife


General

Adams, C. R., Bamford, K. M., & Early, M. P. (2008). Principles of horticulture. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Flora App Home Screen

Flora App Home Screen

Appleton, B. L., & Chaplin, L. T. (2012). New York/Mid-Atlantic Gardener’s Book of Lists. Taylor Trade Publishing.
Amazon | Google

Coombes, A. J. (2012). The A to Z of plant names: a quick reference guide to 4000 garden plants. Portland, Or.: Timber Press.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library

Flora of Virginia Apps. (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2018, from http://floraofvirginia.org/flora-app/

Harris, J. G., & Harris, M. W. (2009). Plant identification terminology: an illustrated glossary. Spring Lake (Utah): Spring Lake.

Krischik, V., & Davidson, J. (2013, March 6). IPM (Integrated Pest Management) of Midwest Landscapes. Retrieved February 26, 2018, from http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/ipmbook.htm

Plant Names A-Z. (n.d.). Retrieved March 08, 2018, from https://www.southernliving.com/plants

Weakley, A. S., Ludwig, J. C., Townsend, J. F., & Crowder, B. (2012). Flora of Virginia. Fort Worth., TX: Botanical Research Institute of Texas Press.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library


Composting

Let it rot! : the gardener's guide to compostingAppelhof, M. (2017). Worms eat my garbage. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library

Campbell, S. (1998). Let It Rot: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting. Storey Publishing, LLC.
Arlington Public Library

Roulac, J. W. (1997). Backyard composting: your complete guide to recycling yard clippings. Sebastopol, CA.: Harmonious Press.

 


Container Gardening

Container Gardening. (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2018, from https://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/garden-guide-container-gardening

 


Ferns

Hoshizaki, B. J. (2001). Fern Grower’s Manual. Timber Press.
Arlington Public Library

 

 


Grasses

Chase, A. (2012). First book of grasses: the structure of grasses explained for beginners. Place of publication not identified: Nabu Press.
Amazon

Hitchcock, A. S. (2012). Manual of the grasses of the United States. United States: BN Pub.

 


Insects

Field Guide To Stink Bugs of Agricultural Importance in the United StatesCranshaw, W., & Shetlar, D. J. (2018). Garden insects of North America: the ultimate guide to backyard bugs. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library

Department of Entomology – Insect Identification Lab Fact Sheets. (2011, January 20). Retrieved February 26, 2018, from http://www.insectid.ento.vt.edu/fact-sheets/

Herbert, D. A., Jr., Kamminga,, K., & Malone, S. (n.d.). Field Guide To Stink Bugs of Agricultural Importance in the United States [PDF]. Blacksburg VA: Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Levi, H. W., & Levi, L. R. (1968). A guide to spiders and their kin. New York: Golden Press.
Amazon

Solomon, J. D. (1995). Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs. Washington, D.C.?: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service.

Wagner, David et.al. Caterpillars of Eastern Forests:   Free Download & Streaming. Internet Archive, 1 Jan. 1997

 


Invasive Species

A field guide for the identification of invasive plants in southern forestsMiller, J. H. (2006). Nonnative invasive plants of southern forests: a field guide for identification and control. Asheville, NC (P.O. Box 2680, Asheville 28802): U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station.

Miller, James H., et al. A field guide for the identification of invasive plants in southern forests. United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station, 2015.

Miller, J. H., Manning, S. T., & Enloe, S. F. (2010). A management guide for invasive plants in southern forests. Asheville, NC: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station.

Swearingen, J., Slattery, B., Reshetiloff, K., & Zwicker, S. (2014). Plant invaders of mid-Atlantic natural areas. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service.

 


Mushrooms & Fungi

McKnight, K. H., & McKnight, V. B. (1987). A field guide to mushrooms of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Arlington Public Library

Ostry, M. E., Anderson, N. A., & O’Brien, J. G. (2011, April). Field Guide to Common Macrofungi In Eastern Forests and Their Ecosystem Functions [PDF]. Newton Square, PA: U.S. Forest Service.

Porter, D. (n.d.). Mushroom Resources and Field Guides [PDF].

Schwarze, F. W., Engels, J., Mattheck, C., & Linnard, W. (2013). Fungal strategies of wood decay in trees. Berlin: Springer Verlag.
AmazonSpringer

 


Native Plants

Native Plants of Maryland: What, When and Where [PDF]. (2005, March). Ellicott City, MD: The Home and Garden Information Center.

Slattery, B., Reshetiloff, K., & Zwicker, S. M. (2005). Native plants for wildlife habitat and conservation landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Annapolis, MD: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office.f

 

 


Pest & Disease Control

Mid-Atlantic Guide To the Insect Pests & Beneficials Of Corn, Soybean, and Small GrainsBradley, F. M., Ellis, B. W., & Martin, D. L. (2010). The organic gardeners handbook of natural pest and disease control: a complete guide to maintaining a healthy garden and yard the earth-friendly way. Emmaus, PA: Rodale.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library Online

Chase, A. R. (1997). Foliage plant diseases: diagnosis and control. St. Paul, MN: APS Press.

Colwell, C., & Pehlman, D. (2010, September). Common Pests Found In Schools & Day Care Centers [PDF]. Illinois Department of Public Health.

Dreistadt, S. H., & Clark, J. K. (2016). Pests of landscape trees and shrubs: an integrated pest management guide. Oakland, CA: University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Google Books

Gill, S., Wadkins, S., & Klick, S. (2015, May). Scale Commonly Encountered in Maryland Landscapes and Nurseries [PDF]. College Park, MD: University of Maryland Extension.

Herbert, D. A., Jr., & Malone, S. (n.d.). Mid-Atlantic Guide To the Insect Pests & Beneficials Of Corn, Soybean, and Small Grains [PDF]. Blacksburg VA: Communications and Marketing, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech.

Horst, R. K., & Westcott, C. (2013). Westcotts plant disease handbook. Dordrecht: Springer Reference.
AmazonSpringer

Insects & Diseases. (n.d.). Retrieved March 08, 2018, from https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r8/forest-grasslandhealth/insects-diseases

Insects and diseases of trees in the South. (1999). Atlanta, GA: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Region.

Kliejunas, J. T. (2010, September). Sudden Oak Death and Phytophthora ramorum: A Summary of the Literature [PDF]. United States Department of Agriculture.

Protecting Yourself From Disease-Carrying Insects [PDF]. (2009, May). Fairfax, VA: Fairfax County Health Department.

Stedfast, M., & Miller, D. M. (2014). Bed bugs: how to protect yourself and your home. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Weinzierl, R. (n.d.). Tree Fruit Insect and Disease Management Resources [PDF]. University of Illinois Extension.


 


Pruning

Gilman, E. F. (2012). An illustrated guide to pruning. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.
Amazon

Hoeven, G. V. (1977, January). All About Pruning [PDF]. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.

 


Shrubs

Chappell, M., Knox, G. W., & Fernandez, G. (Eds.). (2017). IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern U.S. Nursery Production (Vol. II). Clemson, SC: Southern Nursery IPM working group in cooperation with the Southern Region IPM Center.

Klingeman, W. E. (2015). IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern U.S. Nursery Production (2nd ed., Vol. I) (S. White, Ed.). Clemson, SC: Southern Nursery IPM working group in cooperation with the Southern Region IPM Center.


Soil

Gershuny, G., & Smillie, J. (1999). The soul of soil: a soil-building guide for master gardeners and farmers. White River Junction, Vt: Chelsea Green Publ. Co.
Arlington Public Library

 


Sustainable Gardening

Audubon at home in Northern Virginia: the nature of change: preserving the natural heritage of a dynamic region. (2005). Annandale, VA: The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.

Backyard Conservation: Bringing Conservation From the Countryside to Your Backyard [PDF]. (n.d.). USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service National Association of Conservation Districts Wildlife Habitat Council National Audubon Society.

Darke, R., & Tallamy, D. W. (2014). The living landscape: designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden. Portland, OR: Timber Press.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library Online

 

 


Trees

Dirr's encyclopedia of trees and shrubsCoombes, A. J., & Debreczy, Z. (2016). The book of leaves: a leaf-by-leaf guide to six hundred of the worlds great trees. Lewes: Ivy Press.
Amazon

Dirr, M. A. (2011). Dirr’s encyclopedia of trees and shrubs. Timber Press.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library

Guidelines for Planting Trees and Shrubs. (2016, October 26). Retrieved March 08, 2018, from https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/fact-sheets/guidelines-for-planting-trees-shrubs

Johnson, J. R., Johnson, G. R., & McDonough, M. (2008, November). Tree Owner’s Manual For the Northeastern and Midwestern United States [PDF]. Newton Square, PA: Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry .

Malinoski, M. K., & Clement, D. L. (2009). Broadleaved shrubs and shade trees: problems, picture clues, and management options. Ithaca, NY: Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES) Cooperative Extension.

Neelands, R. W., & Merrilees, R. A. (1979). Important trees of Eastern forests. Washington: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture – Forest Service.
HathiTrust Digital Library

Powell, E. (2016). Common native trees of Virginia: tree identification guide. Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Department of Forestry.

Symonds, G. W., & Chelminski, S. V. (2003). The tree identification book: a new method for the practical identification and recognition of trees. New York: Harper.
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Tree diagnosis and treatment: a collection of CEU articles. (2003). Champaign, IL: International Society of Arboriculture.

Watts, M. T., & Watts, T. (1970). Winter tree finder: a manual for identifying deciduous trees in winter. Berkeley, Ca.: Nature Study Guild.

 


Turf

2015 Turfgrass Pest Management Manual. (n.d.). Retrieved March 08, 2018, from https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/turfgrass-pest-management-manual

Gussack, E., & Rossi, F. S. (2001). Turfgrass problems: picture clues and management options. Ithaca, NY: Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service.

 


Vegetables and Fruit

Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver: The Best and Latest Advice for Beating Pests, Diseases, and Weeds and Staying a Step Ahead of Trouble in the GardenBradley, F. M. (2007). Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver: The Best and Latest Advice for Beating Pests, Diseases, and Weeds and Staying a Step Ahead of Trouble in the Garden. New York, NY: Rodale.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library

Connor, C. (Ed.). (2018, February 26). Select On-Line References for Vegetable Gardening. Retrieved March 08, 2018, from https://mgnv.org/programs-activities/vce-horticulture-help-desk/veg_references/

Reich, L., & Arlein, V. H. (2010). Uncommon fruits for every garden. Portland, Or.: Timber.
Arlington Public Library

Veteto, J. R. (2005). The history and survival of traditional heirloom vegetable varieties and strategies for the conservation of crop biodiversity in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina: a thesis.

Weaver, W. W. (1997). Heirloom vegetable gardening: a master gardeners guide to planting, growing, seed saving, and cultural history. Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press.
Alexandria Public Library

 


Weeds

How to identify and control water weeds and algae. (2011). Germantown, WI: Applied Biochemists.

 

 


Wildlife

50 beautiful deer-resistant plants: the prettiest annuals, perennials, shrubs, ferns, bulbs, and shrubs that deer don't eatClausen, R. R., & Detrick, A. (2011). 50 beautiful deer-resistant plants: the prettiest annuals, perennials, shrubs, ferns, bulbs, and shrubs that deer don’t eat. Portland, Or.: Timber Press.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library

Mitchell, J. C., & Reay, K. K. (1999). Atlas Of Amphibians and Reptiles In Virginia [PDF]. Richmond, VA: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Pinder, M. J., & Mitchell, J. C. (2007). A guide to the snakes of Virginia. Richmond, VA: Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, Wildlife Diversity Division.

Timm, R. M. (1983). Prevention and control of wildlife damage. Lincoln: Great Plains Agricultural Council, Wildlife Resources Committee and Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

 


Additional useful links

Easy Water-Wise Gardening [PDF]. (2009). Sunset Publishing.

Gillman, J., & Dirr, M. A. (2008). The truth about garden remedies: What works, what doesnt, and why. Portland: Timber Press.
Arlington Public Library | Alexandria Public Library

Potomac Valley Chapter North American Rock Garden Society. (n.d.). Retrieved March 08, 2018, from https://www.pvcnargs.org/