Can you recommend some basic books for a beginning gardener?
It’s always wonderful to start a garden. You asked for book suggestions, and here are several that would be very helpful to get you started.
Two books by Ilene Sternberg:
Two books by Stephanie Cohen
These books are available in the PHS McLean Library. If you are a member, you may borrow these books. The books also should be widely available in libraries in the area. (For a list of local libraries holding these titles, search WorldCat.org. Enter title of book in search box. To find a nearby location of a library holding that copy, enter your zip code in the box titled "Enter your location." I think you will find them fun to read, as well as being very useful to you.
Also, below I included a link to our subject guide on Basic Horticulture as well as our subject guide called Philadelphia Gardening Guide -- Use this guide to learn where to buy plants, what to grow, how to connect with other gardeners in the Philadelphia area.