The Perfect Geek Accessory

February 9, 2011

On our first day of Master Gardening weeks ago, Greg had a book. It was thick; the size of our manuals and really ugly on the front, just a plain white cover with black type and one photograph.

But then – when it was opened – ! Information and photos, photos, photos and more information! It’s like the fast-track to plant nerdhood, a guidebook to becoming a garden geek.

For several weeks, I dithered. I went through the whole “do I need this, or do I want it?” argument. After a particular arduous day, I clicked “Photographic Atlas of Botany and Guide To Plant Identification” in my Amazon cart,  and hit “buy.”

And now it is mine. Pages and pages of names, photographs that clearly explain plant parts, cross sections of ovaries, everything identified in detail. The plants are grouped into families, which help make connections for structure and then later insect pests and diseases. This is a perfect book to scan and skim, then start back at the beginning and soak it all in. It will be a valuable reference when MG volunteering begins for me, and in my own garden. It was well worth the investment and not worth the dithering.

And I know my mom will want to borrow it.

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