Without them, though, it’s almost impossibe to find the literary treasures you seek. Try walking into a big box chain bookstore and telling them that you’re interested in, oh, I don’t know–novels with a strong gardening subplot. (yeah, that’s a hint of Rants to come!) Try that on Amazon, even. Doesn’t work. You need a person. A person who loves books. And gardening.
So. Who are your favorite garden booksellers? We have a few nominations.
Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts in Berkeley. The name says it all. Don’t you just want to go there right now?
University Book Store in Seattle. If that sounds like a college textbook shop, you’ve got it all wrong. This is a full-service independent bookstore with the largest garden section I’ve ever seen. Period. Hands down. Don’t believe me? Go check it out.
Powell’s Books for Home and Garden in Portland. Holy shit. These people totally rock. If you’ve been to their main store in downtown Portland, which fills a full block and stretches to a grand six stories, you’re already in love. Now go to their garden bookstore. You’re a goner.
In fact, we love Powell’s so much that we’ve made them our affiliate bookstore of choice. If you see a link to a book on GardenRant, chances are that link will take you to Powell’s, where you can buy a book and support an author, an independent bookstore, and–well–us. There’s also an ad in our sidebar that will take you straight there. And we’re working on our GardenRant Bookshelf. Check it out.
Is this list of garden bookstores too West Coast intensive? Send us your favorite garden bookshops from the Rest of the Country and we’ll keep it updated.