Gardening

Gardenlust : a botanical tour of the world's best new gardens book cover

Gardenlust : a botanical tour of the world's best new gardens

Christopher Woods

712.6 /Woods
Gardening

A steep hillside oasis in Singapore, a garden distinguished by shape and light in Marrakech, a haunting tree museum in Switzerland—these are just a few of the extraordinary outdoor havens visited in Gardenlust. In this sumptuous global tour of modern gardens, intrepid plant expert Christopher Woods spotlights 50 modern gardens that push boundaries and define natural beauty in significant ways. Featuring both private and public gardens, this journey makes its way from the Americas and Europe to Australia and New Zealand, with stops in Asia, Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. Along the way, you'll learn about the people, plants, and stories that make these iconic gardens so lust-worthy. As inspiring as it is insightful, Gardenlust will delight your passion for garden inspiration—and the many places it grows.

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Any time I travel to new places, gardens pull me in. The 50+ gardens in Garden Lust are a combination of public and private gardens, most of which I'll never be able to see. There is more here than a traditional coffee table picture book. Together the photographs , Although I have added some of the North American gardens to my travel bucket list. It's more than a coffeetable picture book, I only wish this book had been bigger - 414 pages of gardens just made me want more! -Beth

The PW proven winners garden book : simple plans, picture-perfect plants, and expert advice for creating a gorgeous garden book cover

The PW proven winners garden book : simple plans, picture-perfect plants, and expert advice for creating a gorgeous garden

Ruth Rogers Clausen

635.9 /Clausen
Gardening

Beautifying your home landscape has never been easier! As with cooking, the success of your garden depends on the quality of the ingredients you use. Clausen and Christopher have created "recipes" for success-- and then include suggestions for improvisation so that you can develop them to your own needs and style preferences. -- adapted from introduction

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Mini meadows : grow a little patch of colorful flowers anywhere around your yard book cover

Mini meadows : grow a little patch of colorful flowers anywhere around your yard

Mike Lizotte

635.9 /Lizotte
Gardening

The word "meadow" conjures images of wide expanses of land, but a mini meadow -- a kind of informal flower garden started with seed sown directly into the soil -- can be any size; plus, it's fun, easy to grow, and good for the planet. From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, author Mike Lizotte guides readers through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow that suits their climate, soil, and growing goals, whether planting to beautify a hellstrip, halt erosion, fill a boggy spot, or establish a nesting area for bees and butterflies.

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I've always wanted to own my own meadow. Using this book as a guide I'm going to turn an abandoned raised bed into my own little flowering meadow. -Beth

Botany in a day : the patterns method of plant identification : Thomas J. Elpel's herbal field guide to plant families book cover

Botany in a day : the patterns method of plant identification : Thomas J. Elpel's herbal field guide to plant families

Thomas J Elpel

580 /Elpel
Gardening

Explains the patterns method of plant identification, describing seven key patterns for recognizing more than 45,000 species of plants, and includes an illustrated reference guide to plant families.

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Did you know that insects and flowering plants co-evolved? It seems obvious, perhaps, but until I read this book I had no idea! I have been trying to become more knowledgeable about plant identification. This was a great book to start with, and I loved the line drawings of plants. I may at one point invest in my own copy! -Heidi K

Herb gardening from the ground up : everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs book cover

Herb gardening from the ground up : everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs

Sal Gilbertie

635.7 /Gilbertie
Gardening

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This is a great resource that focuses mainly on how to garden and grow herbs, with less of an emphasis on creating herbal preparations or cooking with herbs. Recommended if you are new to gardening, but want to get started with a little herb garden of your own. -Heidi K

Rosemary Gladstar's herbs for reducing stress & anxiety. book cover

Rosemary Gladstar's herbs for reducing stress & anxiety.

Rosemary Gladstar

615.321 /Gladstar
Health, Gardening

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Move beyond lavender and learn about other herbs that can help in times of anxiety or just everyday stress and tension. -Heidi K

The herbal handbook for home & health : 501 recipes for healthy living, green cleaning & natural beauty book cover

The herbal handbook for home & health : 501 recipes for healthy living, green cleaning & natural beauty

Pip Waller

615.321 /Waller
Gardening, Health, Home

"Make your own stain removers, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, window & glass cleaner, room freshener, furniture polish, oven cleaner, throat lozenges, cough medicine, mouthwash, toothpaste, pet supplies, insect repellent, cordials, wines, syrups, teas, baked goods, soap, lip balm, mascara, shaving cream, facial masks, body sprays"--Cover.

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Peony : the best varieties for your garden book cover

Peony : the best varieties for your garden

David Michener

635.93344 /Michener
Gardening

In The Peony, David Michener and Carol Adelman help spread the joy of gardening with peonies. They share the history of this beloved plant, highlight the different types of peonies available, and profile the best 193 varieties of both. Growing information includes details on climate, soil, light, planting, and water needs. Helpful lists detail the best peony variety for specific needs and a resource listshares the best places to buy peonies and the best public gardens to see them in.

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A new book about one of my favorite flowers. Some of the varieties in my yard are over 50 years old. Can't wait to see if they're in this book. -Beth

Success with succulents : choosing, growing, and caring for cactuses and other succulents book cover

Success with succulents : choosing, growing, and caring for cactuses and other succulents

John Bagnasco

635.9525 /Bagnasco
Gardening

"Succulents and cacti are wildly popular in homes the world over, regardless of climate. Whether you're in the southwestern United States enjoying succulents on the patio, or raising a cactus garden on a windowsill in Minnesota, this book has something for you.Success with Succulents is filled with well-known and unusual species of cactuses and succulents, as well as tips and techniques for caring for these water-sipping species. Color combinations outdoors, growing indoors, ideal soil and soil mixes, watering, fertilizing, grooming, and propagation sections teach all kinds of things about caring for cactuses and succulents. The book also includes more than 100 plant profiles, with details that will help you succeed in gardening prickly and waxy varieties of all kinds."--

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Not really an introduction to growing cactus and succulents as much as a home reference guide, this wonderful book can keep you entertained for hours learning about choosing and caring for both indoor and outdoor succulents -Beth