Gardening

Planting Paradise: Cultivating the Garden 1501–1900

Author: 
Stephen Harris
Publisher: 
University of Oxford, 2011 (distributed by the University of Chicago Press)
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–1–851–24343–3

Cloth, 142 pp., $50.00

This beautifully illustrated book examines the role of the garden in Britain, from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. In doing so, the whole world is involved as plants are discovered and brought into use for medicinal and commercial purposes. The discovery of seed development, Darwin’s influence, the removal of mysticism, and the development of glass houses brought an understanding of how plants grow.

Volume: 
13
Number: 
4

Slow Gardening: A No-Stress Philosophy for all Senses and Seasons

Author: 
Felder Rushing
Publisher: 
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–1–603–58267–4

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.

Subjects: 
Volume: 
13
Number: 
6

Planting a Rainbow

Author: 
Lois Ehlert
Publisher: 
Red Wagon Books (Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
0-152-04633-x

stiff boards, [22] p., $6.95

With her vivid colors and bold drawings, Lois Ehlert introduces little children (this book is aimed at young ones ages 6 months to 3 years) to the joys of gardening. In addition to introducing basic colors, Ms. Ehlert describes graphically a variety of flowers that are planted as bulbs and seeds. At the end of the book the plants yield a colorful rainbow in red, yellow, green and blue. This is a happy book to read and examine!

— Barbara Mahany, Volunteer, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
5
Number: 
5

The Essential Earthman: Henry Mitchell on Gardening

Author: 
Henry Mitchell
Publisher: 
Indiana University Press,
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
0-253-21585-4

paper, 244 p., $16.95

This book is a collection of Henry Mitchell's gardening columns written for the Washington Post and published originally in 1981. Indiana University Press has done a great service in making them available again in paperback form. Mitchell gardened in a small yard in Washington, D.C., and had a love/hate relationship with large trees, uncaring neighbors and an unruly fauna. He describes in these essays his triumphs and failures in a humorous and factual manner.

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Volume: 
5
Number: 
3

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