The Informed Gardener

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3 out of 5 stars
By ShySusan on 06-23-12

Great information but not suitable for audio

I'm sorry to give this book a low rating because I think the information is first-rate. However, I don't think audio was the way to go with it. This should be a reference book in the library of landscape professionals and very serious gardeners. Less committed gardeners would benefit from checking her book out of their public library or consulting her blog. For instance, she offers great advice on how to go about planting new trees and bushes and keeping them alive. But if you don't plan to do that today, how are you going to go back and find that information six months from now? In a physical book, you look in the table of contents or the index. With an audio book... what? Will you listen to the whole book again for that one bit of information?

This book is actually a collection of essays lifted from the author's blog. Almost all of them have to do with long-term landscape plants like trees and shrubs rather than flower beds, vegetable gardens, or farmland. If you are getting ready to build a landscape--whether a city park or a new, unlandscaped home, the information will be invaluable to you. If you live in a home that already has about as many trees and bushes as you intend for it to have, there is some information in this book that will be helpful to you, but not as much. If you are interested in finding out how to grow a vegetable garden or pretty flower beds, there is no such information here.

So, bottom line: This is not an entertaining book. It is serious information for specific gardening questions and is best conveyed in the printed form--either as a physical book or on her blog. I believe that getting this in the audio format will be a waste of your credit.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Beth on 06-30-12

Great Scientific Information in Layman's Terms

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I thought that this was a a great listen. I am very busy and don't have time to read as much I would like-especially on this topic. I listened while I got stuff done around the house and garden. I found the information to be very useful. She addresses common misconceptions about gardening. I found myself actually hitting my forehead a few times, having learned I was making common gardening mistakes. I now know what to look for when I go to a nursery to buy plants, and how to install them properly. I don't see this as a reference book, but rather as a great source of general information. I would recommend it to any gardener who finds they don't have the time they'd like to read.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 06-15-18

Great info

As the title suggests, this book was filled with useful information. You can really see the start of a new science-based movement in gardening. The narrator voice is a bit robotic but I got used to it fairly quickly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dubito Ergo Sum on 09-23-15

Scientific Skepticism In The Garden

Would you consider the audio edition of The Informed Gardener to be better than the print version?

Couldn't say, don't have the print version, the performance wasn't anything to write home about, but it got the message across.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Beth Richmond?

Christina Traister, loved how she read "Rain"

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Skeptics Guide To The Gardening Universe

Any additional comments?

You don't need to be an astrophysicist, evolutionary biologist or climate scientist to bring the power of science literacy and well honed skepticism into your life. I've been listening to this book every so often for years now, and the potent combination of science, biology and garden knowledge has given me a powerful competitive edge.

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