Staff Pick

What is a garden? Is gardening a visual art? And can a place, in all its dynamism, be captured forever in a still image? Just as gardens are a "tame" form of nature, so is photography, it must be admitted, a cultivated form of reality. It's this prodding of beautiful artifice that makes The Photographer in the Garden one of the most arresting explorations in the visual arts to be published this year, as thought-provoking as it is lush and suited to a pleasant armchair amble. 

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ISBN: 9781597113731
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Published: Aperture - April 15th, 2018

Rodale's 21st Century Herbal serves as a handy encyclopedia with a variety of history, therapeutic and culinary uses, and harvesting guidelines aiming to promote the inner gardener or herbalist. Expanding on the resurgence of herbal interest, Balick addresses the rapidly-growing Western involvement with centuries-old plants and its contemporary uses. Whether a casual enthusiast or an experienced herbalist, this collection can be used as a handy reference on a daily basis in terms of the plants and remedies addressed.

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By Michael Balick, Andrew Md Weil (Foreword by), Vicki Mattern (Editor)
ISBN: 9781609618049
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Rodale Books - April 29th, 2014

As informative as it is lovely, Seeing Flowers (Timber Press, $29.95) embodies the same features of grace and balance that it celebrates in its subject. The angiosperm is a marvel of design and efficiency; it also comes in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Teri Dunn Chace, former Horticulture magazine editor and author of The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers, provides the words, Robert Llewellyn, the photographer for Seeing Trees, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, and other landscape albums, took the pictures. Together, the two present twenty-eight families of flowers, from buttercups and daisies to orchids and roses, in stunning new ways. Chace’s essays include practical growing tips, facts about petals and sepals, and unusual lore. Llewellyn’s pictures, using a technique developed for microscopes that involves stitching together images taken from various focal points, offer the closest thing to a bee’s-eye view of these plants a human observer is likely to get.

Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers (Seeing Series) Cover Image
By Teri Dunn Chace, Robert Llewellyn (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781604694222
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Published: Timber Press - September 24th, 2013