The Top 10 Birding and Gardening Books We Love

If you love birdwatching, flower gardens and vegetable gardens, check out our favorite birding and gardening books you'll want to read now.

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Birding Books

birding without bordersVia AmazonBirding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World

Read how one birder set out to see half of the world’s bird population within the span of a year. His journey takes him to 41 countries and all seven continents, and he shares all the ups and downs of his Big Year.

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birds of north americaVia Amazon

Birds of North America

Page through this gorgeous book, offering detailed photos of more than 650 birds. Many of the species featured are shown in various plumage stages, helping readers better identify birds in different life stages.

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The Bird Way bookVia AmazonThe Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think

Birding enthusiasts and casual observers alike will be enthralled by this deep dive into the world of birds and what we know about their behaviors.

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How to Know the BirdsVia AmazonHow to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding

Beginner birders get a fun introduction to 200 species in this collection of essays and sketches.

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sibley field guideVia Amazon

The Sibley Guide to Birds

Every birder needs a solid field guide to take on their adventures, and this one is full of hundreds colorful images and detailed descriptions to help you identify more species.

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Gardening Books

vegetable gardening bookVia AmazonVegetable Gardening for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Growing Vegetables at Home

Use this helpful guide to plan out your garden, from how to pick the best garden bed to pairing up the best vegetables to grow together.

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Down in the dirtVia Amazon

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

This delightful children’s picture book introduces young ones to all the creatures who live just below a garden’s surface.

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Grow your soil bookVia AmazonGrow Your Soil! Harness the Power of the Soil Food Web to Create Your Best Garden Ever

Learn why the soil you start with is so important to the health of your garden—and how to improve your soil in unique ways.

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raised bed gardening bookVia AmazonRaised Bed Gardening for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Sustain a Thriving Garden

While you’re a new or experienced gardener, turn to this helpful manual for everything regarding creating raised beds. In addition, discover which plants are the best partners in a raised garden bed.

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cut flower garden bookVia AmazonFloret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

If you’re a fan of cutting gardens and arranging your own flowers, this book offers instructions for how to create your ideal garden, along with step-by-step instructions for how to create a variety of arrangements and garlands.

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Molly Jasinski
Molly Jasinski is a writer, editor and social media manager for Birds & Blooms. She enjoys watching the robins, cardinals and occasional goldfinch seen around her apartment.