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Jim Hole looks at locations and areas inside of your home and helps you with the selection of great plants for a variety of indoor locations and situations
The French landscape architect Jacques Simon's love for nature first developed on his father's tree farm and then deepened when he traveled as a young man to Sweden and then Canada, where he attended art school in Montreal while working as a lumberjack. Between 1957 and 1959, Simon studied at the Ecole Nationale de Horticulture. He has since become an important link in the renewal of French landscape architecture, combining the Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian garden cultures he absorbed in his travels with classic Latin structures. He works as often as possible in situ, and does not shy away from driving the tractor himself. Since the 1980s, Simon has also been creating transitory landscapes--patterns in cultivated fields and on snowy grounds. His projects range from the design of a 15,000-acre park in Normandy to a giant Eiffel Tower built from bales of hay.
From Rosalind Creasy a name synonymous with California's garden-to-table movement comes an accessible guide to cultivating and preparing herbs. If you buy only one herb gardening book, this should be it. Creasy takes you from seeds to stove top, from preparing the soil to elegant dining suggestions, with easy-to-follow instructions and inspirational ideas every step of the way. Each section of this book presents vivid photos and practical information, including: How to design and grow an herb garden in just about any space from a spacious plot to a tiny balcony and in just about any climate; A tour through many beautiful private herb gardens, including some of Creasy's own, as well as the garden of herb luminary Carole Saville and others; A fully illustrated encyclopaedia of edible herbs from old favourites like basil, rosemary and sage to more exotic herbs such as lemon verbena and Mexican tarragon; A savoury selection of healthy herb recipes for side dishes, such as blends, butters and vinegars, main dishes from around the world and even cocktails and desserts; Maintenance and organic pest control methods; A list of resources for seeds and supplies; A guide to growing, cultivating and preparing hops. This herb guide is full of practical tips and tricks presented in a beautiful format perfect for the gardener, aspiring gardener or home chef.
The stories of six colonial Australian gardeners and their transformation of the Australian landscape are told in this revealing look at 19th-century botany, horticulture, and plant collecting. Original writings, illustrations, and photographs from this time period help to reveal the progress of the gardeners as they made clearings on land that they did not understand people still inhabited.
Val Bourne's garden is living proof that cultivating a healthy ecosystem - what she calls her `living jigsaw' - really can produce a beautiful and productive garden. By encouraging a wide diversity of birds, animals, insects, and even slugs, your garden will find a natural balance that will allow plants to shrug off problems before they become entrenched. The Living Jigsaw is a masterclass in natural gardening. Val's personal, inspirational and practical approach offers tried-and-tested techniques, with beautifully illustrated, proven results.
As one of the founders of French Impressionist painting, and one of the world's most famous painters, Monet's works fill the halls of the most frequented and esteemed museums across the world-from waterlilies to haystacks. The author of Monet's Palate Cookbook and the writer and producer of the PBS documentary Monet's Palate, Aileen Bordman has always been surrounded by the influence and beauty of Monet's work. With direct access to Giverny through her mother, one of the stewards of the Giverny estate, and the head gardener, this book transports the reader to Monet's garden at Giverny-the third most visited site in France-in simple prose, beautiful photography, and how-to graphics. In EVERYDAY MONET, Aileen pulls from the impressions, the history, the palettes, and designs of Monet's gardens and paintings to encapsulate a home and lifestyle inspired by Monet. This book gives the reader step-by-step instructions and photographs on how to grow a garden like Monet, preserve a waterlily inside your home, decorate a dining room table or a bathroom inspired by Monet's aesthetic, and prepare foods that inspire your inner-Impressionist to bring a bit of Monet into your life and home. Filled with stunning photography-from the gardens of Giverny to the streets of Normandy-and images of Monet's most famous paintings, this book is not only a keepsake for those who love Monet, but also a practical guide to finding ways to implement Monet's beautiful designs into your home and garden, whether you live next to sprawling grass or in a city high-rise.
Access to technology has created a generation of children who are more plugged in than ever before - often with negative consequences. Unrestricted outdoor play reduces stress, improves health, and enhances creativity, learning, and attention span. In Nature Play at Home, Nancy Striniste gives caregivers the tools they need to make outdoor adventures possible in their homes, schools, and neighbourhoods. With hundreds of inspiring ideas and 12 illustrated, step-by-step projects, this hardworking book details how to create playspaces that use natural materials - like logs, boulders, sand, water, and plants of all kinds. Projects include hillside slides, seating circles, sand pits, and more. Accessible, research-based, and timely, Nature Play at Home is a must-have for modern parents and caregivers.
Garden walkways play a critical role in forming one's overall impression of a garden's entire arrangement and design. Using diagrams, layouts, and brilliant color photographs, this invaluable guide describes the innumerable possibilities for garden walkways, terraces, steps, and cozy siting areas. The book covers an array of surface options, including natural stone, modern concrete, and fantasy-filled mosaics, as well as wooden decks and other garden structures. Great for the professional or the weekend landscaper.
Your garden could be even better for you. Discover... How certain plants can form a barrier against air and noise pollution Which birdsong alleviates anxiety How plants can help to save energy Why green is so good for us Learn how connecting with nature can reduce stress and improve wellbeing. You don't even need a garden - even a balcony or houseplants can help to boost your mood. Every recommendation is backed by scientific research, drawn together by the team of RHS scientists and experts. Favourite garden designer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Matt Keightley then suggests how to translate the science into ideas for your green space. With this groundbreaking book, find out how, in sometimes very simple ways, you can create an outdoor space that nourishes your mind and body, and is good for our planet too.
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