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1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die
by Rae (general editor) Spencer-Jones Details
Offers garden lovers profiles of the world's most beautiful gardens around the world, from Spain's famous gardens of the Moorish Alhambra at Granada to San Diego's Healing Garden.
American Grown : The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
by Michelle Obama Details
A sumptuously photographed guide by the first lady describes how her daughters and she planted a vegetable garden on the White House's South Lawn as part of an initiative to raise awareness about childhood obesity, in a reference that shares gardening tips, recipes and advice for making healthier food choices.
Bottle Trees and The Whimsical Art of Garden Glass
by Felder Rushing Details
Garden writer and photographer Felder Rushing has encountered thousands of bottle trees and other glass garden art in his travels across America and around the world. In BOTTLE TREES he presents 60 of his favorites, from the backyards of Mississippi to the Chelsea Flower Show to the glass fantasies of Dale Chihuly. With humor and affection he tells the stories behind the photographs: the history and lore of bottle trees and glass sculpture, and the inspired people who make them.
Christine Walkden's no-nonsense container gardening : the secret of growing vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers in small spaces
by Christine Walkden Details
Secret of growing vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers in small spacesNo-nonsense container gardening
Cultivating Delight : A Natural History of My Garden
by Diane Ackerman Details
Diane Ackerman celebrates the sensory pleasures of her garden through the seasons. Whether she is deadheading flowers or glorying in the profusion of roses, offering sugar water to a hummingbird or studying the slug, she welcomes the unexpected drama and extravagance as well as the sanctuary her garden offers.
Taste, Memory : Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter
by David Buchanan Details
In "Taste, Memory" author David Buchanan explores questions fundamental to the future of food and farming. How can we strike a balance between preserving the past, maintaining valuable agricultural and culinary traditions, and looking ahead to breed new plants? What place does a cantankerous old pear or too-delicate strawberry deserve in our gardens, farms, and markets? "Taste, Memory" traces the experiences of modern-day explorers who rediscover culturally rich forgotten foods and return them to our tables for all to experience and savor.
The Armchair Book of Gardens : A Miscellany
by Jane Billinghurst Details
A collection of individual essays focused on understanding gardens in a different light/perspective. The book concentrates on the emotional, social, spiritual, and politicial aspects of the garden.
The Backyard Parables : Lessons on Gardening and Life
by Margaret Roach Details
Margaret Roach has been harvesting thirty years of backyard parables-deceptively simple, instructive stories from a life spent digging ever deeper-and has distilled them in this memoir along with her best tips for garden making, discouraging all manner of animal and insect opponents, at-home pickling, and more.
The Bad Tempered Gardener
by Anne Wareham Details
Seeing gardening as a serious and even outrageous art form has placed Anne Wareham well outside of what usually passes for discussion of gardens. The Bad-Tempered Gardener is the story of her development as a thinking gardener and the creation with her husband, Charles Hawes, of their acclaimed garden in the Welsh borders, the Veddw.
The complete idiot's guide to small space gardening
by Chris McLaughlin Details
Grow the garden you want in the space you have! This guide gives you all the knowledge you need to sow, tend, and reap the rewards of a small-space garden.
The Heirloom Tomato : From Garden to Table
by Amy Goldman Details
Looks at varieties of tomatoes-their botany, cultural background, and history-and includes recipes for main dishes, soups, sandwiches, and desserts that feature tomatoes.
The Roots of My Obsession : 30 Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden
by Thomas C. Cooper Details
The Roots of My Obsession features thirty essays from the most vital voices in gardening. They show that gardening is a passion and obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged. Each gardener tells a compelling story. Whether their muse is the quest to achieve a personal vision of ultimate beauty, a mission to heal the earth, or the attempt to grow a perfect heirloom tomato, the writing is direct, engaging, and from the heart.
The Visitor's Guide to American Gardens : Garden Walks, Garden Talks, Garden Events
by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp Details
Join the fun and exciting world of garden tourism. Whether you're an armchair tourist or a daytripper or plan your vacations around garden destination spots, this book is for you. From the famous to the hidden gems, more than 400 gardens are featured.
Vegetables: A Biography
by Evelyne Bloch-Dano Details
The humble vegetable offers more than just nutrition--it also represents a link with long tradition of farming and gardening, nurturing and breeding. In this charming new book, veggies finally get their due. In capsule biographies of eleven different vegetables Evelyne Bloch-Dano explores the world of vegetables in all its facets, from science and agriculture to history, culture, and, of course, cooking.
Women and Their Gardens : A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today
by Catherine Horwood Details
From the golden age in English history to today's gardeners and designers, this volume recognizes women's contributions to gardening in Britain and around the world spanning more than four centuries. Presenting a rare bouquet, this collection shares the stories of more than 200 women who have been involved with garden design, plant collecting, flower arranging, botanical art, garden writing, and education.
Updated 03/10/2014

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