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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2014 URL: Print Guide
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Tompkins County Public Library offers resources on all aspects of gardening, including perennials and annuals, garden design, structures, climate-Hands and soilspecific resources, and propagation. This brochure includes titles of books, DVDs, and online resources to help you design and implement your garden.


You can use the PowerPAC online catalog to find materials at our library, as well as request them from other libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System. To narrow your search, try using the following search terms:

  • Flower Gardening
  • Gardening Gardens—Design
  • Organic Gardening
  • Stonescaping (search this under “Any Field”)
  • Vegetable Gardening

Here is a booklist of select titles from the Library's collection

The Library's gardening collection is shelved in the non-fiction area, under the call numbers 635 and 712. Don’t forget to also look for items in the Oversized book section just behind the North Reading Room. These items will look different in the Library catalog; they will have the prefix “O” before the actual call number.


TCPL has subscriptions to a variety of print magazines and periodic literature for your enjoyment. These materials are available in the North Reading Room. A few of our most popular gardening periodicals include:

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Garden Gate
  • Horticulture
  • Organic Gardening (Rodale’s)
  • Taunton's Fine Gardening


The Library has a growing collection of DVDs on the topic of gardening. DVDs are shelved near the New Book section and are available for checkout.

Great Gardening Tips
Call number: DVD 635 G

All About Caring for Plants
Call number: YS DVD J 581
Located in Youth Services

Martha’s Spring Gardening
by Stewart, Martha
Call number: DVD 635 “M”

Reference Librarians will be happy to assist you with your search. Stop by our desk or contact us if you'd like more recommendations or need help obtaining materials.


Databases allow you to research topics, and locate full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. These databases are available from home at with a valid Tompkins County Public Library card.

  • Grolier Encyclopedias (Scholastic)  
    This collection of full-text encyclopedias includes standard encyclopedic entries written for children, teens, and adults. This database may be helpful in plant identification and includes color images.

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