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Gardening Resources - GTG Favorites

Favorite Authors and Their Books:
Michael Dirr - Premier Tree and Shrub Expert
Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs
Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (textbook)

Adrian Bloom - Expert on Trees and Shrubs that Produce Cones
Gardening with Conifers

Allan Armitage - Expert on Perennial Plants
Herbaceous Perennial Plants: A Treatise on Their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes (textbook)
Armitage's Native Plants for North American Gardens
Armitage's Garden Perennials: Second Edition, Fully Revised and Updated

Tracy DiSabato-Aust -  Expert on Gardening and Plants
The Well-Tended Perennial Gardening: A Guide to Planting and Pruning Techniques

Nancy Ondra - Expert on Gardening and Plants
The Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide: What to Do & When to Do It 

Other Favorite Authors: (too many to list)
William Cullina
Ken Druse
Rick Darke
C. Colston Burrell
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Books on Various Topics

Favorite Local Gardens:
Millenium Park (Downtown Chicago)
Chicago Botanic Gardens (Glencoe)
Morton Arboretum (Naperville)
Garfield Park Conservatory (West-side of city)
Lincoln Park Conservatory (Lincoln Park)
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (Behind Lincoln Park Conservatory)
Jackson Park Perennial Garden and Osaka Japanese Gardens (Hyde Park)
Anderson Gardens (Rockford)
Cantigny (Wheaton)
Bahai Temple (Wilmette)

Favorite Websites:
Missouri Botanical Garden - Plant Finder 
Gardeners Supply Company - Best Prices and Inventory
http://www.gardeners.com/
Crescent Containers - My Favorite Containers (I have 40+ of them in my roofdeck garden)
John Scheepers Bulbs - Best Bulbs 

Favorite Local Garden Centers:
Lurvey's
Charles J Fiore
Urhausen Greenhouses
Meinke Garden Center
Fertile, LTD
Sprout Home
Christy Webber Farm and Garden Center
Jayson Home and Gardens
Adams and Sons
Chalet Nursery
Gethsemane Garden Center