Books in the garden. Photo by spakattacks.
Charlotte Germane gardens in California, but it’s not all tender succulents for her. In fact, her garden in Nevada City has four seasons and snow in Zone 7b. In this scenic area, Charlotte says her plant choices are limited by two requirements: “deer-resistance and drought-tolerance.”
One of Charlotte’s favorite garden books is based on a love that started when she was a 22-year-old transplant to Washington, D.C.
The Essential Earthman by Henry Mitchell
In his writing, the author called tall bearded irises, “princes of the vegetable kingdom,” explains Charlotte. “Well, he’s my king.”
You can learn more about the late Henry Mitchell, the distinguished garden columist for The Washington Post, here.
Another one of Charlotte’s favorite books comes from another gardening role model … this time from the world of fashion.
Dirt: The Lowdown on Growing a Garden With Style by Dianne Benson
”Dianne B writes with brio about tackling a garden and making it your own,” says Charlotte. “Re-reading Dirt each winter always makes me feel like I can do just about anything come spring. After all, in just a few years Dianne took her Hamptons garden from a wilderness to a stop on the same garden tour with Martha Stewart.”