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Garden Resources for Sunshine Coast of BC
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Local libraries have a good selection of books on water conservation topics including rain barrels and cisterns, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, and more 'hard core' water management. Other Resource pages cover available books on Rain Gardens, Rainwater Harvesting, and Sustainable Gardening.

Here, we cover the available library books on more basic gardening topics – Gardening in coastal southwest British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.


These local libraries are constantly adding new books to their collections. You can use these links to search beyond the selections presented below.

Sunshine CoastCombined Sechelt/Gibsons Libraries Catalogue
West Vancouver:   West Vancouver Memorial Library Catalogue
North Vancouver:     North Vancouver City Library Catalogue
Vancouver (Central):   Vancouver Public Library Catalogue


Gardening – BC and Pacific Northwest Books

A Place in the Rain: Designing the West Coast Garden, Advice From Over 40 Experts

by Michael Lascelle (Editor)
Whitecap Books, Vancouver, BC, 2004

- 635 PLA North Vancouver City Library
- 635.09711 P69L Vancouver Public Library (3)

This compedium covers garden design aesthetics, installation techniques, long-term maintenance considerations, and organic growing options.

Growing up: A Gardener's Guide to
Climbing Plants for the Pacific Northwest


by Christine Allen
Steller Press, Vancouver, BC, 2001

- 635.974 A42g Vancouver Public Library (4)


A year's worth of climbing, spreading and trailing plants with pros and cons for each species, site and soil requirements, tips on pruning and pest control.

Gardening With Native Plants
of the Pacific Northwest


by Arthur R. Kruckeberg
Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, 2019

- 635.9517 KRU North Vancouver City Library (4)
- 635.9676 K94g2 Vancouver Public Library (8)

A classic book on native Pacific Northwest plant species. This 2019 edition has new chapters on grasses and additional trees, shrubs, and perennials. Earlier editions are also available from NVCL & VPL.

Plant Life: Growing a Garden
in the Pacific Northwest


by Valerie Easton
Sasquatch Books, Seattle, WA, 2002

- 635.09795 E13p Vancouver Public Library


Master Gardener Easton is the Seattle Times' weekly gardening columnist.
Her book covers climbing plants, containers, garden paths, pests, etc.

Guide to Gardening
in the Pacific Northwest


by Carol W. Hall
Timber Press, Portland, OR, 2008

- 635.09795 H17t Vancouver Public Library (2)


In the VPL catalogue, this book is listed as the Timber Press Guide to Gardening in the Pacific Northwest.

Cascadia: Inspired Gardening
in the Pacific Northwest


by Anne Lovejoy
Sasquatch Books, Seattle, WA, 1997

- 635.90979 Vancouver Public Library


Inspirational!  Aimed at all gardeners who live anywhere from Northern California to Coastal BC.  Insightful, but sometimes overly simplified.

Beauty by Design: Inspired Gardening
in the Pacific Northwest


by Bill Terry & Rosemary Bates
TouchWood Editions, Victoria, BC, 2013

- 712.09711 T32b Vancouver Public Library (6)


Not a 'How-To' manual. Instead, it is a book of  inspiration.  The authors guide their readers on a tour of eleven coastal Pacific Northwest gardens.

Also: Rain Gardens, Rainwater Harvesting & Sustainable Gardening


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