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Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. Menacing botanical illustrations render a ghastly portrait of evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, enlighten, and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.
The Botanical Bible: Plants, Flowers, Art, Recipes & Other Home Uses
Ellis, Sonya Patel
The Botanical Bible is an elegant and comprehensive introduction to the beauty, diversity, and value of the botanical world. Author Sonya Patel Ellis covers the evolution of the plant kingdom, the history of horticulture, basic botany, and more. Readers will learn not only how to garden and forage in six major climate zones but also how to make the most of their harvest through a series of recipes for savory dishes, sweets, and drinks. Ellis demonstrates how to use botanicals for beauty and health, with instructions for making essential oils, herbal remedies, floral scents, and natural cosmetics—and even explores the world of botanical artistry and crafts. Gorgeously illustrated throughout, and packed with information and hands-on projects, The Botanical Bible is the ultimate guide for aspiring gardeners, botanists, homesteaders, and anyone seeking a more meaningful relationship with nature.
Crazy Plant Lady
For the plant-obsessed woman of any age, this humorous, illustrated little book celebrates the devotion and quirky habits plants inspire.You know you’re a crazy plant lady when watering is a hobby, you can’t resist a cute pot, and just looking at succulents and monsteras makes you smile. This charming celebration of the plant lady lifestyle proves that plant love is the joy that keeps growing. There are sweet puns: Aloe you vera much. Plant lady dreams: thrifting the perfect vintage mister. Relatable mantras: Every day is a good day to go plant shopping. All featuring vibrant art by Isabel Serna throughout - plus, a bonus sheet of plant-themed stickers!
Happy Day (Bouquet in a Book)
This book offers a fresh take on the Victorian notion of expressing oneself with the symbolic language of flowers. Happy Day features bright, cheery flowers with uplifting sentiments. Each spread features a flower that “flips up” from the page, a brief description of the flower’s meaning, and its special message for the recipient. When all of the blossoms are popped up, the book can be displayed on a desk just like a vase of flowers.
The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change
There is a new generation of gardeners who are planting gardens not only for their visual beauty but also for their ability to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In The New Shade Garden, Ken Druse provides this generation with a comprehensive guide to creating a shade garden with an emphasis on the adjustments necessary for our changing climate. Druse offers advice for common problems facing today’s gardeners, from addressing the deer situation to watering plants without stressing limited resources. Detailing all aspects of the gardening process, the book covers basic topics such as designing your own garden, pruning trees, preparing soil for planting, and the vast array of flowers and greenery that grow best in the shade. Perfect for new and seasoned gardeners alike, this wide-ranging encyclopedic manual provides all the information you need to start or improve upon your own shade garden.
Bunny Williams On Garden Style
First published in 1998, On Garden Style established Bunny Williams as a reputable expert on gardens. In Bunny Williams on Garden Style, Williams visits impeccably designed gardens around the world, shedding light on the key components that make a garden so appealing and idyllic. For Williams, gardens offer an escape, and she imparts vital information on how to envision your garden and design a space that translates into a lush sanctuary reflecting your taste and style. Once you’ve imagined your garden, Williams offers advice for bringing it to fruition - the garden structure, furnishing the space, and establishing an aesthetic. The book also includes plant lists, a reading list, and more. Filled with new photography of spectacular gardens, this latest volume is both a wonderful inspiration and a practical guide to gardening from one of the world’s most renowned design experts.
The New Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
This new edition of the classic reference, Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit is updated in design and expanded by 60 pages, covering a total of over 70 vegetables, 100 herbs and 100 popular fruits. The most current information on plant varieties and cultivation techniques make it the essential sourcebook for all food gardeners, especially for anyone who would like to start growing their own produce, who feels they could use some expert advice.
The Complete Guide to Stonescaping: Dry-Stacking, Mortaring, Paving and Gardenscaping
Two bestselling books - now in one comprehensive volume! Together, The Art & Craft of Stonescaping and The Art & Craft of Stonework make up the best beginner-friendly guide available for anyone wanting to build stone walls (freestanding, retaining, dry-stacked or mortared), steps, benches, paths, patios, and borders. Any duplication in the tools and technique chapters has been eliminated, while a brand-new gallery of projects offers ideas and inspiration. Featuring lots of how-to photos, informative illustrations, and practical projects, this giant resource is a must-have for homeowners' reference libraries.
Thinking of You (A Bouquet in a Book)
Transform this book into an everlasting bouquet of flowers!Each page of this book features a "pop-up" flower and a description of its symbolic meaning. Take the jacket off, turn the flowers up, and display the bouquet as a reminder that someone has been thinking of you!
The English Roses: Classic Favorites and New Selections (3rd Edition)
David Austin is one of the world's leading rose hybridizers. He has spent decades creating and perfecting his roses, which combine the charm and fragrance of the Old Roses with the repeat-flowering and wide color range of the traditional tea roses, also called Modern Roses.David Austin English Roses are vigorous, hardy, heat-resistant and disease-free. The bushes have a pleasant rounded habit and bear large, delicately scented blooms throughout the summer. The relative ease of growing a David Austin English Rose has inspired gardeners everywhere to try their hand. Interest in North America was so overwhelming that in 1999, the company opened an office in Tyler, Texas, which ships to the USA and Canada.The roses are organized into seven classification groups. Each rose profile features a description and cultivation techniques opposite a stunning full-page photograph. There are 32 new photographs, 22 of them of the new varieties released between 2011 and 2016.
Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America
How earnest hippies, frightened parents, suffering patients, and other ordinary Americans went to war over marijuana.In the last five years, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana. To many, continued progress seems certain. But pot was on a similar trajectory forty years ago, only to encounter a fierce backlash. In Grass Roots, historian Emily Dufton tells the remarkable story of marijuana's crooked path from acceptance to demonization and back again, and of the thousands of grassroots activists who made changing marijuana laws their life's work.During the 1970s, pro-pot campaigners with roots in the counterculture secured the drug's decriminalization in a dozen states. Soon, though, concerned parents began to mobilize; finding a champion in Nancy Reagan, they transformed pot into a national scourge and helped to pave the way for an aggressive war on drugs. Chastened marijuana advocates retooled their message, promoting pot as a medical necessity and eventually declaring legalization a matter of racial justice. For the moment, these activists are succeeding--but marijuana's history suggests how swiftly another counterrevolution could unfold.
Rustic Garden Projects
Haggvik, Marianne Svard
To many, the garden is a place for self-expression. The walkways, the flowers, and the décor that adorn the yard are as much a reflection of the homeowner’s personality and creativity as anything placed indoors. Lifelong gardener and garden designer Marianne Svärd Häggvik knows this and shares her favorite ideas for creating unique, personalized spaces in Rustic Garden Projects.Here are step-by-step instructions for making concrete vases, tree swings, fountains, stained glass plant supports, and so much more to make any lawn comfortable, decorative, and a delight to linger in. Plus, Svärd Häggvik recommends the types of plants and flowers that pair perfectly with the new garden creations. Projects include:• Willow baskets• Conical votives• Personalized walkways• Raised flowerbeds• Lion’s head fountains• And more!
Better Homes and Gardens Orchid Gardening
Meredith Publishing Group
A complete guide for planning, planting, and caring for orchids Better Homes and Gardens® Orchid Gardening makes it simple to grow and maintain gorgeous orchids year-in and year-out. Even if you've never grown an orchid, this straightforward and comprehensive guide for people of all gardening skill levels will show you how to get it right the first and every time. With colorful diagrams, helpful checklists that make shopping and planning a breeze, and easy-to-follow directions for all kinds of projects, it's the perfect guide to planning and maintaining your dream orchid collection. Chapters include a primer on understanding orchids, a glossary of orchid terminology, tips for selecting the best varieties for your region and situation, inspirational design ideas, and plant pairings Includes more than 525 gorgeous color photos throughout, including an orchid encyclopedia featuring more than 200 varieties of orchids Features Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden tips and advice from the Better Homes and Gardens Garden Doctor throughout Perfect for orchid lovers of any skill level, Orchid Gardening is the comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to selecting and caring for orchids.
Great Garden Design: Contemporary Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces
This book presents the best garden designs of the last five years from more than 50 top garden designers. It offers design solutions for every situation, every area, all tastes and budgets, and any size of garden. It draws on the talents of celebrated designers such as Tom Stuart Smith, Luciano Giubbilei, Cleve West, Dan Pearson and Joe Swift. It also showcases the work of lesser-known designers whose innovating designs deserve wider recognition. The process of garden design requires many thousands of small decisions in the pursuit of the most appealing solutions for outdoor spaces. But this book makes the complex process simpler by offering ample choices of contemporary design for you to explore what's possible, what's practical and what's affordable. Comprising garden rooms, ornamental details, styles and planting ideas, this book will appeal to every forward-looking garden owner, whether they manage a small or medium sized garden, a roof terrace, balcony or courtyard space. It offers cutting edge solutions for those seeking an entirely new look as well as key details that can make all the difference.
Grow For Flavor: Tips and Tricks to Supercharge the Flavor of Homegrown Harvests
Gardeners can be disappointed by the insipid flavor of the vegetables and fruit that they have so carefully nurtured. The problem, according to botanist James Wong, is that many conventional gardening practices are based on pure myth or faulty science. They create bumper crops at the expense of flavor and nutrition. It doesn't have to be that way.After trial and error of cutting-edge horticultural techniques and extensive review of more than 2,000 journal papers from around the globe, Wong turns the tables on old-school advice with a radical new system that transforms the flavor and nutrition of homegrown produce.Grow for Flavor shows the simple steps and innovative methods that yield tasty harvests beyond dreams and, best of all, the methods involve less effort, are strictly organic and can be mastered easily by newbie gardeners. The goal is maximum flavor with minimum labor.
Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
A globe-trotting, behind-the-scenes look at the dazzling world of flowers and the fascinating industry it's created. It might be unromantic to call a flower a commodity or a manufactured product, but flowers are both. They've become big business - created in laboratories, bred in test tubes, grown in factories, harvested by machines, packed into boxes, sold at auctions, and then flown across oceans and continents to your supermarket or local florist. Amy Stewart tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, growers, and vendors working to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anything nature can provide. From big agribusiness to local farming, from Europe to Latin America, Flower Confidential explores the intersection of nature and technology, of sentiment and commerce.
Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families To Change Your Life
Grow What You Love is a simple guide to growing vegetables, herbs and more that will add flavor and variety to the fresh produce readers can access throughout the year. Aimed at novice and experienced gardeners alike, Grow What You Love is an image-driven, how-to adventure from an expert organic gardener with an enthusiasm for an authentic life.Lavishly illustrated with more than 250 photographs, the book begins with an exploration of Emily's approach to gardening and how it can fit into modern life with little time and effort. She gives advice on how best to choose food plants that readers love (or will grow to love), and follows with simple methods for garden-to-table growing, including a selection of her favorite seasonal recipes. The result for readers will be a garden-fresh bounty for any time of the year.Complete with workshops that cover topics like composting, transplanting, pruning, and how to combine plants in the garden, and with online resources and hardiness zone maps, Grow What You Love is packed with goodness for every gardener.
Garden Design: A Book of Ideas
Author Marianne Majerus was one of three photographers for the seminal book by Prince Charles, HRH The Prince of Wales, Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated, published in 2014, which Camilla Swift of Gardens Illustrated praised for its photographs, "images so breathtaking I want to jump into them."In Garden Design: A Book of Ideas, she and Heidi Howcroft have created a stunning guide to designing gardens of all types. Ideal for all gardeners and landscape architects this book inspires and encourages while giving practical advice and clear instruction for creating a beautiful garden in any setting.Any experienced gardener knows there is no single way to design a garden. Personal style and creativity are what make gardening exciting and produce an enjoyable garden. In this outstanding reference the concise text, 600 inspirational photographs and 24 real-life case studies can help anyone create a dream garden.Incisive advice takes the reader through the entire process: assessing the garden situation, developing a design, installing the components, and finally, dressing the space. The brilliant color photographs show an enormous variety of gardens and their elements in detail, varying from large and small, to urban and rural, covering a wide range of styles, including contemporary, modern, city, Mediterranean and natural. There are plant recommendations throughout the book.Garden Design profiles existing gardens to illustrate important considerations that will factor into the final result, such as, Where is Your Garden? What Do You Want From Your Garden? and Knowing Your Soil.
Succulents in a Book (UpLifting Editions)
The pages of this book feature eight pop-up succulents and cacti, along with text describing the characteristics of these beloved plants. Simply take the jacket off, pop up the plants, and transform the book into a container garden - no green thumb required!
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs shows you the origins, traditions, and contemporary culture of more than 450 fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, herbs, and spices.From roots and shoots to almonds and zucchini, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs delectable guide which reveals the intriguing stories of the world's favorite food plants. Go on a gorgeously illustrated tour through the gardens of the world and discover why this is the explorative home cook's best friend.This guide is splashed with hundreds of appetizing images and written by top culinary and horticultural experts. You will never want for the geographical origins of produce, botanical facts, traditional uses, and culinary tips for hundreds of plants again!Throughout the lively narrative, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs tempts us with layers of information, including:The little-known geopolitical role of food plantsHow agriculture caused cities to blossomHow the taste for spices drove global exploration and conquestOur endeavors toward a green futureLegends and lore of natural remediesThe lineage of regional classics such as Italian tomatoes, Irish potatoes, Hawaiian pineapples, and Hungarian paprikaTake this bounty of knowledge, combine it with 500 mouthwatering photographs, and savor a scrumptious resource of useful information and fascinating reading!
Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape
A celebration of urban trees and the Americans - presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds - whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation’s cities, from Jefferson’s day to the presentAs nature’s largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinarily important role in our cities; they are living landmarks that define space, cool the air, soothe our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past. Today, four-fifths of Americans live in or near urban areas, surrounded by millions of trees of hundreds of different species. Despite their ubiquity and familiarity, most of us take trees for granted and know little of their fascinating natural history or remarkable civic virtues.Jill Jonnes’s Urban Forests tells the captivating stories of the founding mothers and fathers of urban forestry, in addition to those arboreal advocates presently using the latest technologies to illuminate the value of trees to public health and to our urban infrastructure. The book examines such questions as the character of American urban forests and the effect that tree-rich landscaping might have on commerce, crime, and human well-being. For amateur botanists, urbanists, environmentalists, and policymakers, Urban Forests will be a revelation of one of the greatest, most productive, and most beautiful of our natural resources.
Improving Your Soil
Valuable advice from an expert in soil science. Intended for both small and medium-size gardens, Improving Your Soil reveals the steps to take to achieve the perfect soil base in which to grow plants. With directions on amending poor soil, modifying mediocre earth, aerating compacted topsoil and substrates, and testing pH levels, this book enables gardeners to nurture their plants and promote more abundant growth. The features of good soil include proper structure and nutrients that encourage healthy plant growth. Soil in "good tilth" is loamy, nutrient-rich and friable because it has an optimal mixture of sand, clay and organic matter that prevents severe compaction. Improving Your Soil shows gardeners how to improve the soil in their garden to encourage good seed bedding and a strong root system for proper nutrient disbursement throughout various soil depths. Flower gardeners and vegetable gardeners will all benefit from the tips and methods in Improving Your Soil. Topics include: What your soil can tell you about how you need to manage it Soil texture and structure -- building soil tilth Using amendments to correct soil problems, such as clay or sandy soil Creating a good environment for plant growth in different situations Providing the right amount of water for plants The teeming microscopic world of soils Building soil organic matter Crop rotations Types of compost and how to make good compost Managing soils to minimize pest and disease problems Feeding the plants -- the nutrients they need, and how to get them there Overcoming common nutrient deficiencies Organic vs. mineral fertilizers. The detailed information is complemented with line drawings, diagrams and illustrations that demonstrate various soil issues and how to resolve common problems. With information on remedying specific problems with particular plants, Improving Your Soil will be an often-consulted resource for all gardeners.
From Frederick Law Olmsted to Richard Neutra, Michelle Obama to our neighbors, Americans throughout history have revealed themselves in the gardens they create. Melding biography, history, and cultural commentary, American Eden presents a dynamic, sweeping, one-of-a-kind look at this country's landscapes and the visionaries behind them.Monticello's gardens helped Jefferson reconcile his feelings about slavery. Edith Wharton's gardens made her feel more European. Isamu Noguchi's and Robert Smithson's experiments reinvigorated the age-old exchange between art and the garden. Manhattan's High Line park, reclaimed from freight train tracks, reimagined an urban landscape.Moving deftly through time and place across America's diverse landscapes - from Revolutionary-era Virginia to turn-of-the-century Chicago to 1960s suburban California - and featuring an equally diverse cast of landscape-makers, whether artists, architects, housewives, robber barons, politicians, or dreamers, Wade Graham vividly unfolds the larger cultural history through more personal dramas.Beautifully illustrated, American Eden is at once a different kind of garden book and a different kind of American history, one that offers a compelling, untold story that mirrors and illuminates our nation's invention - and constant reinvention - of itself.
The Tulip (Twentieth Anniversary Edition)
Anna Pavord's internationally bestselling sensation, The Tulip, is the story of a flower that has driven men mad. Greed, desire, anguish, and devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip into a worldwide phenomenon. Today, the United States alone imports three thousand million tulip bulbs each year. No other flower has ever carried so much consequence; it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behavior, mirrors economic booms and busts, plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution.Why did the tulip dominate so many lives through so many centuries in so many countries? Anna Pavord, a self-confessed tulipomaniac, spent six years looking for answers, roaming through Asia, India, and the Ottoman Empire to tell how a humble wildflower of the Asian steppes made its way to Turkey and from there took the whole of Western Europe by storm.Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, this irresistible volume has become a bible, a unique source book, a universal gift book, and a joy to all who possess it. This beautifully redesigned edition features a new Preface by the author, a completely revised listing of the best varieties of this incomparable flower to choose for your garden, and a reorganized listing of tulip species, to reflect the latest thinking by taxonomists.
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