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3 Inspirational Reads for Planters, Growers & Nature Lovers

3 Inspirational Reads for Planters, Growers & Nature Lovers

Whether your looking to start a small urban vegetable garden or nourish a large estate spread, these useful resources will offer advice and knowledgeable insight.

For more gardening tips, visit Gardenista.

Above: British journalist Alys Fowle‘s can-do gardening philosophy is that you can pretty much plant a garden anywhere—in boxes, or rusty tin cans even, if you don’t have any outdoor space—and see it flourish without spending a lot of money. The former on-air presenter on the BBC’s long-running Gardeners’ World program writes, “Gardening is something you do, not something you buy.”

Above: Originally published in 2009, Fowle’s book is still in print and offers basic gardening advice about everything from design to building your own compost bin. Garden Anywhere is $24.95 from Williams-Sonoma Agrarian.

Above: For the bonsai enthusiast, Kenji Kobayashi’s new book Keshiki Bonsai: The Easy, Modern Way to Create Miniature Landscapes contains easy-to-follow, step-by-instructions to create counter-intuitive (and simplified) bonsai landscapes; $13.57 at Amazon.

Above: Seventeen years ago, librarian Joy Kiser at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History came across two century-old volumes of illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds native to Ohio. Kiser soon learned that the author, a young woman named Genevieve Jones, had died suddenly of typhoid fever before completing the project, prompting her family to labor for years to finish it. The Jones family hand colored the illustrations and published, in Genevieve’s honor, nearly a hundred copies of Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. Today only 26 intact copies still exist. In America’s Other Audubon, Kiser tells the story of the Jones family, self-taught ornithologists who searched for birds’ nests with the aid of their cocker spaniel Archos and who, over the course of nearly a decade, produced a work of scientific importance.



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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


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3:41PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

I'm planting 300 tulip & daffodil bulbs right now for spring blooms. Gardening is like a religion - I get up, go outside and start gardening in my pajamas (backyard), before coffee, breakfast or makeup. Those morning moments are beautiful and back-breaking.

11:14AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Thanks very much.

7:39PM PST on Dec 14, 2012


6:05AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

thank you

11:24PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Not sure how a bonsai book or antiquarian illustrations of bird's nests are going to help me "start a small urban vegetable garden or nourish a large estate spread".

5:16PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Thanks for the share!

3:11PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

I will have to check these out. I love container gardening.

12:22PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Thanks !!

3:16AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Thanks for sharing

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