paper, 95 p., $14.95
An interesting book, Stonework: Building Rock Gardens, Walks, Walls, and Ornaments includes fifteen do-it-yourself projects explained in lovely detail. One might find an idea or two! The projects range from a walkway to a Roman arch shrine. Some of the projects seem a bit overdone, designed to evoke a “my that’s interesting” comment. Perhaps in areas where stone is abundant these projects might serve a purpose. However, in many parts of the Midwest stone has to be trucked in, at considerable cost. This book nevertheless is worth thumbing through, and it may inspire readers to consider adding a plinth and slab table to their gardens.
— Eilenn Klehr, volunteer and master gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden