The Horticultural Revolution is Coming to a Bookstore Near You.


Bookstores participating in Get Gardening (some have multiple locations; check with the store or go here.)

Books Inc. Palo Alto, CA,

University Bookstore Seattle, WA,

Copperfield’s Sebastopol, CA,

Chaucer’s Santa Barbara, CA,

Powell’s Portland, OR

Village Books Bellingham, WA

Book People Austin, TX

Chester County Book and Music Company West Chester, PA,

Northshire Manchester Center, VT

Doylestown Books Doylestown, PA


Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

New Dominion Bookshop , Charlottesville, VA


  1. I agree that this is a fantastic program. I went to two or three discussions last year at Powell’s and was heartened by the energy and fun at the events. I used to organize book events for another bookstore so am aware of how difficult it can be to get busy readers to the store for a signing and to help authors feel comfortable. The whole set-up of this program — that it’s consistent and people can look forward to a gardening-specific discussion once a month and that the events are co-organized in a meaningful way — is brilliant. I’m thrilled to hear that the program is expanding to other independent bookstores across the country. Bravo!

  2. Gardening books and themed readings should be front and center in April-June at least. My goodness. And I just assumed that something cohesive already existed as far as readings and organizing them, but of course not. I once interned at an indie press and spent my days setting up author readings (the horror) so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at all this. A Novel Idea Bookstore is calling you from Lincoln, NE….

  3. Why thank you! There’s a series not far from where I live, and I would have missed it if not for your post! Better put it on the calendar…This will be fun!

  4. I don’t have an independent bookstore anywhere close to me, so I am forced to rely on the two biggies. Today I was at one of those two and went to hang out in the garden corner to see what might be new — there isn’t much there usually, but hope is eternal. The gardening section was gone. Nothing at all lurking in its usual place, so I asked what they had done with the garden books. Oh, said the gentleman airily, they’re upstairs now, along with the Health, Language and Animals. Upstairs is two floors up, and I suppose there’s an elevator somewhere but I don’t know where it is. So, I wish I could join you all at one of these events because it’s the only way I will ever get to meet authors of garden books!

  5. And p.s. to my note above — the gardening section when it was in place, was pretty poor — mass market stuff, mostly, although they did carry a few of the Beverly Nichols Timber Press re-issues and for that I will be kind to them. Well, kinda kind.

  6. Sounds like cool events — I see the direct benefit for the publishers, authors, and bookstores — but not seeing why a garden center or nursery would participate? Most sell books too and wouldn’t they want that crowd at their place?

    I concur though that it’d be great to have lists of gardeners, garden clubs, etc. but that is like wrestling greased pigs. Anyone can start a garden club with a few neighbors and friends — few are online or listed anywhere. Then there is the whole definition of “gardener” — I ask folks often if they garden and many say “no” then I visit their place and find a patio dripping with plants. What gives with the lack of self-categorization and dis-connect? Gardening is the #1 US hobby, but you wouldn’t know it from taking a poll of 10 random folks on the street.
    For reaching gardeners, you can purchase lists sorted by target zip codes from garden magazines and mail order catalogs, but if the gardeners don’t subscribe or order — you miss them.

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