Q. What gardening books would you recommend for Christmas presents? We are new to this area but are excited about the gardening opportunities. 

 A. Consider “Perennial Garden Color” by William C. Welch; “Native Texas Plants” by Sally Wasowski; “Butterfly Gardening for the South” by Geyata Ajjilvsgi; “Attracting Birds to Southern Gardens” by Pope, Odenwald, and Fryling; Neil Sperry’s “Texas Gardening;” “Home Landscaping Texas” by Grant and Holmes; and the “Vegetable Book” by Sam Cotner. 

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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