paper, 220 pp., $29.95
When gardening and deadheading become stressful, it’s time to turn to Slow Gardening, an offshoot of Italian slow food movement, dedicated to traditional, seasonal, and sustainably grown local foods. Doing something slowly means savoring what you are doing, according to author Felder Rushing, well known in the gardening world for doing just that. His book describes all aspects of gardening, accompanied by epigrams, photographs, and his philosophy, all presented in a humorous way. This is an enjoyable read, even if Rushing only half-converts you.
— Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden