March Book Club: The Gardener’s Guide

Earlier this month we brought you a curated list of tools to help get your garden growing — and now that you’re well equipped with the essentials, it’s time to look for a little inspiration. This month’s book club is all about flora and fauna, from comprehensive gardening guides to photography books that pay homage to nature’s beauty. With these colourful volumes on your coffee table or nightstand, you’ll be feeling more than a little creative when it comes time to pick up the trowel. Read on, gardeners!

In Bloom: Creating and Living With Flowers

“Wild flowers. Dramatic displays of dahlias. Fall foliage manipulated into a serene centerpiece. Author and self-taught photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo spotlights different creatives, artists, and florists with one common root: flowers. In fact, there is only one way to sum up the aesthetically pleasing pages of this book: inspirational. The seasonal colours, the stunning ceramics, and Ngo’s fresh perspective behind the camera — it’s all a sense-delighting treat.” — Rizzoli New York

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Outdoor Spaces

“From Gardenista editor-in-chief Michelle Slatalla, this beautifully photographed book showcases the real gardens of real people with impeccable taste: creatives with gorgeous homes everywhere from London to LA make an appearance between the covers. More than just an appealing coffee-table book, it’s loaded with inspiration that will undoubtedly motivate you to beautify your own home, too.” — Workman

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

“The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, this expert-curated book has 300 beautiful botanical images. It combines photographs and cutting-edge micrograph scans with watercolours, drawings, and prints, including iconic work by celebrated artists, photographers, scientists, and botanical illustrators, as well as rare and previously unpublished images.” — Phaidon

Living with Plants: A Guide to Indoor Gardening

Living with Plants will teach you how to create bespoke beautiful botanics for your home or even your office. Offering you over 30 innovative projects, you will be guided on the different ways you can green-up your living space: from moss wall hangings, potted plants, air plants, water plants, hanging baskets, terrariums, and more. Each project can be adapted to use equipment you already have at home, as well as teaching you ways you can up-cycle your own pots, containers, plant stands, and wall hangings… This is your one-stop shop to creating a beautiful botanical living space on a budget.” — Amazon

A Tribute to Flowers: Plants under Pressure

 

“Fifty percent of the world’s flower species are threatened with extinction. Each year, numerous flowers disappear from the face of the Earth without ever being documented. Indeed, many of these natural beauties remain as yet unknown to humankind. Photographer Richard Fischer can be regarded as an ambassador for flowers. For many years, he has staged graceful and endangered floral specimens in his photo studio, capturing the uniqueness and transience of each flower. In collaboration with the world’s leading botanical gardens, his strikingly original images provide the flowers with an aesthetic framework in which their power of expression and majesty remain intact… Now, for the first time, Richard Fischer brings together his best pictures spanning 15 years in one flower photography book, showcasing his artwork and little-known floral exotica. Throughout the volume, the photographs are accompanied by informative and captivating texts, leading the reader through an unknown and dwindling world of flowers.” — Teneues

The English Garden

“An illustrated survey of 100 English gardens from the sixteenth century to the present day, arranged in chronological order for a general readership. The selection ranges from the formal garden to the picturesque, from Arts and Crafts to modern. Each entry features a full-page image and a concise text detailing the garden’s historical and stylistic importance and that of its designer, patron, or maker.” — Phaidon

Evergreen: Living With Plants

“Private paradises nestled in the backyards of homes. Rooftops that act as community gardens. Edible patches of beauty hidden within city blocks. Evergreen shows the verdant aesthetic statement that allows city dwellers to bring nature back into the everyday and quenches urban gardening desires… Straightforward plans and examples illustrate how to transform unused spaces, both indoors and out, into flourishing and functional patches… The profiles of both professional and hobbyist plant lovers provide an engaging guide to productively getting one’s hands dirty; herb gardens on fire escapes, greenhouses that double as living spaces, and community gardens atop roofs all awaken growing curiosities. From cactus farmers and florists to shop owners and activists, let Evergreen’s cast of characters guide you in making and maintaining a green utopia and in quenching gardening longings.” — Gestalten

Foraged Flora

 

“Roadside fennel, flowering fruit trees, garden roses, tiny violets; ingredients both common and unusual, humble and showy, Foraged Flora is a new vision for flowers and arranging. It encourages you to train your eye to the beauty that surrounds you, attune your senses to the seasonality and locality of flowers and plants, and to embrace the beauty in each stage of life, from first bud to withering seedpod… Whether picking a small tendril of fragrant jasmine, collecting oversized branches of flowering quince, or making a garland of bay laurel, Foraged Flora is an invitation to seek out the beauty of the natural world.” — Amazon

Thus Spoke The Plant

 

“In this “phytobiography” — a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant — research scientist Monica Gagliano reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By transcending the view of plants as the objects of scientific materialism, Gagliano encourages us to rethink plants as people — beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, and hence having the capacity for their own perspectives and voices. The book draws on up-close-and-personal encounters with the plants themselves, as well as plant shamans, indigenous elders, and mystics from around the world, and integrates these experiences with an incredible research journey and the ground-breaking scientific discoveries that emerged from it.” — Amazon

Ground Rules

 

“Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult, and Kate Frey — expert gardener and designer — makes it easier than ever with her new book, Ground Rules. Frey distills the vital lessons of gardening into 100 simple rules that will yield a gorgeous, healthy, and thriving home garden. Discover tips on garden design, care and maintenance, healthy soil, and the best ways to water. You’ll also learn how to create a garden that encourages birds and butterflies, how to choose healthy plants at the garden centre, how and when to re-pot a container, and much more. With bite-size chunks of expert information and inspiring photographs, Ground Rules is your new go-to resource.” — Amazon

 

 

 

 

KHACHILIFE Editorial