KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Staff Recommends

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly CoyneHow to Grow Practically Everything  by Zia AllawayStarter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens  by Barbara PleasantThe Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs by Stephanie CohenTalking Dirt: The Dirt Diva's Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening  by Annie Spiegelman

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Databases (most require KPL library card)


Michigan eLibrary collection of ebooks.

InfoTrac All Using PowerSearch

Magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, ebooks available in the library or at home with your KPL library card or with your Michigan Driver's License or ID by going to
Includes Computer Database; Custom Newspapers; General Reference Center Gold; Grand Rapids Press; Expanded Academic ASAP; General Business File ASAP; Legal Trac; InfoTrac Onefile; Health Reference Center Academic ASAP

Newspapers and Magazines

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Better Homes and Gardens


Organic Gardening

Community Resources

Adopt A Park

Bonsai Society of Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Garden Club

Kalamazoo Garden Council

Michigan State University - Kalamazoo County Extension Service

Southwest Michigan Landscape Association

Southwestern Michigan Iris Society

Wild Ones - Kalamazoo Area Chapter


American Horicultural Society

Information about their awards, gardening tips, membership opportunities, press releases, FAQ's, and publications.

Garden Web

Offers gardeners and nature lovers links to informative and interesting horticulture sites around the world.

Gardening Launch Pad

Friendly to the home gardener.  Includes plant profiles, gardening tips, articles, retail links, and much more.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Information about native plants and invasive species.

Moss in the City

A newsletter for urban and small space gardeners.

Plants Database

Photos and descriptions of cultivated plants with cultivated care and growth information.

The National Gardening Association

Online resources about gardens, flowers, and landscaping, including access to articles, thousands of FAQ's, online courses, seed swaps, a school garden registry, and plant images.

The Telegarden

This tele-robotic installation allows users to view and interact with a remote garden filled with living plants. Plant, water, and monitor the progress of seedlings via the movements of an industrial robot arm.

Urban Gardening

Tips and lots of help for gardening in an urban sitting.

Web Garden

A wide variety of online resources including a searchable plant database, gardening tips, images, FAQ's, & a glossary of terms & names.

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heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes at the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market. Learn how to grow your own. 

Photo: Kristin Beadle