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Originally published Monday, February 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM

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The informed gardener, plenty of poetry

Two new books by garden writer Linda Chalker-Scott and two prize-winning poetry collections, plus a children's book illustrated by a former Seattle Times news artist, are the titles of local interest this week.

New releases

"The Informed Gardener Blooms Again" by Linda Chalker-Scott (University of Washington, $18.95). An urban horticulturalist who is an associate professor at Washington State University's Puyallup Research and Extension Center delivers a sequel to her earlier book "The Informed Gardener." Chalker-Scott is also the Washington State editor of MasterGardener magazine and blogs at gardenprofessors.com. For the seriously garden-minded, she has another new book out, co-written with faculty from Oregon State University, University of Washington and WSU: "Sustainable Landscapes & Gardens: Good Science — Practical Application" (Great Scott Enterprises, $39, www.sustainablelandscapesandgardens.com). Chalker-Scott makes appearances at 7 p.m. March 2, Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or www.elliottbaybook.com); 3 p.m. March 7, Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, free (206-842-5332 or www.eagleharborbooks.com); and 7 p.m. March 30, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).

"Lamp of Letters" by Katharine Whitcomb (Floating Bridge, $10). A collection of poems by the coordinator of the writing program at Central Washington University. Whitcomb was the winner of the 2009 Floating Bridge Press Poetry Chapbook Award.

"The Wild Rose Asylum: Poems of the Magdalen Laundries of Ireland" by Rachel Dilworth (University of Akron Press, $14.95). A Gig Harbor writer's volume of verse, chosen by former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove as winner of the 2008 Akron Poetry Prize. Dove notes that Dilworth goes "beyond mere reportage or sensationalism to chronicle the institutionalization of supposedly 'wayward' women in Ireland's religious-run 'Magdalen asylums.' "

"The Wonder Book" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, with drawings by Paul Schmid (Harper, $17.99). A book of sayings and rhymes about palindromes, half-birthdays, wordplay and more, for ages 9-12. Illustrator Schmid, a former Seattle Times news artist, discusses his work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Secret Garden Bookshop, 2214 N.W. Market St., Seattle; free (206-789-5006 or www.secretgardenbooks.com).

Seattle Times staff

For possible listing in "Local Books," send a finished copy of the book, with price and publication date, to Local Books, Seattle Times, 1120 John St., Seattle, WA 98109. No self-published or vanity-published titles, please.

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