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Book Review: Israel Gardening Encyclopedia by Walter Frankl

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Found this little gardening guide in a second hand shop in the old city of Be'er Sheva, down a few narrow roads from the city's shuk (market), the second-hand bookstore boast an entire corner devoted to English books. You can find me in that corner almost every week, hoping to find newly donated second-hand gems like this one.


Israel Gardening Encyclopedia by Walter Frankl is a neat little encyclopedia divided by months starting in September the beginning of the Jewish new year and agricultural year in Isael. I have read several gardening books, but I have never found one specific to Israel until this one and it was such a joy to read. Not only well-written and comprehensive, but full of facts that I can apply to my own garden year-round.


Walter Frankl has a regular column called "Gardener's Corner" in the Jerusalem Post for over a decade. He was the co-founder of the Jerusalem Horticulture Society and honorary life-member of the Israeli House Plants Society.


The encyclopedia is summarized as,


"An invaluable guide that goes through the months of the year, each with its particular plants and necessary care. The author's knowledge is rooted in personal experience, and his book defines the special horticultural problems peculiar to a country with a varied landscape and climate. Comprehensive information on the wild flowers, plants and trees which grace the countryside."


Three and a half stars for this one as it didn't have chapter hea