Coastal and Tropical South
The long-awaited second edition of Monica Moran Brandies' essential manual, Florida Gardening; The Newcomer's Survival Manual, has been published by Betty Mackey Books (2007; $18). From the striking cover photo of angel's trumpet to the plant lists tailored to the Sunshine State's diverse climates, Brandies shares even more of her garden smarts in this edition. She tells you what's different, and especially how to make the transition from gardening elsewhere. For more info, go to: http://www.mackeybooks.com.
Tool or Gardening Product
Fiskars PowerGear Tools
One in three Americans will experience arthritis, and unfortunately some of them will find their gardening joy compromised by pain. Better designs for more useful tools appear every year, but the Fiskars brand features eight tools that have successfully completed Arthritis Foundation testing. Those bearing the commendation from this important group are in the PowerGear line, and I recommend them to you: bypass pruner, anvil pruner, anvil lopper, bypass lopper, and hedge shears.