7 Inspiring Books for Gardening this Spring
Spring is bursting with a blunt of books that will inspire, delight and heal.
Rosa: The Story of the Rose by Peter E. Kukielski with Charles Phillips (Yale University Press)
Few flowers have quite the same allure or significance in history as the rose. A symbol of love, power, royalty, beauty and joy, the rose has played many roles, both literal and symbolic, in poetry, art, literature, music, fashion, perfume, decoration, cuisine, and more. This beautifully illustrated guide tells the fascinating and many-layered stories of this “queen of flowers.” The inspiring book explores narratives from the long association of roses with human societies, from their first cultivation—likely in China some 5,000 years ago—to the modern genetic cultivars, and illustrates how roses have thrived and flourished throughout time and various cultures. $30, BUY NOW
A Year at Clove Brook Farm by Christopher Spitzmiller, written with Clinton Smith (Rizzoli)
Filled with tips on garden planning, creating seasonal flower arrangements and tending to animals, here is a timely book, as we are all focused on making the most of our own homes and gardens—even if that’s only a row of herbs in a sunny urban window. Organized by season and recounting how life flows on a working farm, it’s an inspiring book for anyone enthralled by the fantasy of full-on farmstead living. $45, BUY NOW
Charlotte Moss Flowers by Charlotte Moss (Rizzoli)
From her grander floral displays in the city to her more informal creations at home in the country, as well as in the refined interiors of her clients, Charlotte Moss chronicles how flowers provide visceral pleasure indoors and out. Her one defining floral philosophy is that flowers are not just for special occasions but deployed as one of the loveliest elements of everyday living. Toward that end, Charlotte encourages readers to bring the garden indoors with ideas for arranging flowers, selecting containers and placing blossoms around the home. $50, BUY NOW
A photographic portrait of 16 gardens in Connecticut and the lower Hudson Valley, this book presents stunning views of these long-admired and studied gardens throughout the seasons, capturing their essential spirit. The highlighted landscapes include those of philanthropist Lewis Cullman, jazz great Dave Brubeck, Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher and the late leading classical antiquities dealer Edward Merrin. $50, BUY NOW
The founder of Avena Botanicals offers an inspiring guide to herb gardening and crafting herbal remedies to promote wellness of spirit and body. Soule combines her passion for plants, gardens and healing with her extensive experience working with medicinal herbs, flowers, roots and berries. Explore growing, gathering and drying herbs, as well as preparing herbal teas, tinctures tonics and syrups. $25.95, BUY NOW
Learn how to evaluate the ways our lifestyle choices can be made more sustainable, from powering our homes to the food we consume and the air we breathe. Small steps empower us to act immediately: starting an herb garden; reducing utility bills; learning how to conduct a home energy audit; doing fun, DIY activities. The easy-to-follow, eco-friendly practices can reshape how we think about our living spaces and help us create a blueprint for our own personal version of a humane home. $25.95, BUY NOW
The Garden in Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin (Timber Press)
So much of gardening is focused on seasonal to-do lists and daily upkeep. But what about taking time to just enjoy the garden? CTC&G contributor Tovah Martin urges you to revel in what you’ve created. From the heady fragrance of spring lilacs to the delicious silence of a winter snowfall, this writer and lifelong gardener explores the glories of her garden using the five senses. Her sage advice and gratifying reflections on the rewards of a more mindful way of gardening will inspire you to look closer, breathe deeper, listen harder, and truly savor the gifts of your garden. $16.95, BUY NOW.
The print version of this article appears with the headline: Books in Bloom.
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