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Summer’s here and the time is right for breaking out the seeds. But what can a poor D.C. gardener do who doesn’t know what to buy, where to buy it, how to plant it, or how to keep it from croaking? One set of answers appears in Gardener’s Directory: Washington D.C. & Metro Area, by local master gardeners M. Elaine Evans and Suzanne Judy. Evans and Judy have done the homework that every owner of a dirty thumb swears to do in the fallow months of winter, and they present it in crunchy bites of data organized to minimize search time and maximize those productive hours steering the Troybilt around the back yard. Besides hot lines, lectures, and workshops, the directory lists local gardening groups from general to single-species specific; courses on composting and sources of free mulch; places to go for no-charge consultation on diseases and predators; street tree committees; and even computer bulletin boards and databases for the latent Linnaeus in us all. Gardener’s Directory—a welcome companion to the venerable Washington Star Garden Book—provides crisp, succinct guidance as well as nuggets like the address of the Cape Cod Worm Farm. The $9.95 paperback is available from Gardener’s Directory Press, (202) 362-5432.