cloth, 224 pp., $32.50
Garden designer P. Allen Smith encourages readers to "extend our living space to the garden" in this potpourri of ideas for beautifying homes and gardens. The popular television celebrity communicates his wonderful sense of color and creative talents in this book that reflects his passion for gardening. Using the seasons of the year Smith senses the excitement of spring, fostering his desire to get in touch with nature literally: to pick daffodils for a favorite vase, to build a potting table for starting seeds in containers, and to plant his garden, window boxes, and containers to welcome visitors to his attractive grounds. He provides colorful illustrations and instructions to accompany decorative projects for both indoor and outdoor living spaces. The text also contains valuable garden tips with lists of seasonal chores and his favorite plants. His charming floral designs and decorations will inspire the reader to add touches of personal style to seasonal décor and holiday celebrations.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden