Book Reviews

The Treasures of Flora Illustrata

by Seasonal Wisdom on December 8, 2014

Chinese temple in Flora IllustrataImagine having access to one of the most comprehensive libraries about plants and gardens anywhere in the world. Well, that feat is easier now with a gorgeous new book called Flora Illustrata, which spans more than eight centuries with illustrations of rare manuscripts, iconic books, engravings and botanical drawings.

One example is “Vue de Tour Porcellaine a Nancking en Chine.” Shown above, it displays a pagoda in a Chinese garden-landscape, which greatly influenced the development of landscape gardening in Europe with its irregular layout and exotic decoration. The colored engraving is after a print in Johannes Nieuhof, An Embassy from the East-India Company to … the Emperor of China, London, 1673. Art and Illustration Collection, EKR 379.

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Find the Power Spot in Your Garden

by Seasonal Wisdom on June 30, 2014

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Gardens are magical places, which can restore our spirits and bring us closer to nature’s miracles. Often our gardens have a “power spot,” which is a just a bit more special and noteworthy than other places in our yards. To learn more, Seasonal Wisdom turned to Jan Johnsen, author of Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection (St Lynn’s Press, 2014).

Come learn how to find the power spot in your garden and create an outdoor space that brings you peace of mind all year long.  All photos from Jan Johnsen, all rights reserved. Read the full article →

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73 Ways to Design Food Gardens

May 18, 2014
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Growing vegetables, fruits, grains and herbs at home can be done with an amazing amount of style. That’s quite clear from the 73 edible garden designs in the new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Niki Jabbour. If you’re looking for creative ways to grow food, this book is a wonderful resource. You’ll find food garden […]

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Indoor Plant Décor Inspires with Houseplants

March 26, 2014
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Do you consider houseplants to be home design accessories, just like your pillows, paintings and curtains? If not, then it’s time to give houseplants another look, according to Indoor Plant Décor co-authors Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson. In fact, the right houseplant can completely change the look of your room… Learn more and enter to win […]

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Plants with Benefits

February 11, 2014
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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Seasonal Wisdom is raising a glass to herbs, fruits, flowers and veggies that are ideal for love and romance. To get the scoop on this titillating topic, we climbed under the sheets with a copy of Plants with Benefits. This new book provides a tasteful guide to aphrodisiac plants, including the appropriately named […]

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A Talk with Margaret Roach about The Backyard Parables

November 13, 2013
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If there’s one thing Margaret Roach can say with conviction, it is that “my garden saved me.” The former editorial director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia left at the pinnacle of her career to move to upstate New York. Now she’s head gardener at her highly acclaimed garden blog A Way to Garden, and hosts popular […]

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The Drunken Botanist and Champagne Cocktails

August 19, 2013
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Amy Stewart has done it again. The award-winning author of six critically acclaimed books about the natural world has turned her eye toward botany and booze in her newest book called The Drunken Botanist – and it’s a winner. Learn more about this New York Times-bestselling book on “the plants that create the world’s great […]

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Vertical Gardens Talk at 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

February 6, 2013
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From simple trellises to spectacular living walls, vertical gardening solutions are the subject of Seasonal Wisdom’s upcoming talk at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, Washington.  This stunning design by Jason Doran of – created for his chicken coop! – is just one of the amazing garden ideas you’ll hear about […]

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How to Grow Vegetables All Year Long (Even in Winter!)

January 31, 2013
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Growing and harvesting vegetables all four seasons of the year is only a dream for many cold climate gardeners. And that’s exactly what Niki Jabbour of Nova Scotia, Canada is trying to change. Her book, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener (Storey Publishing) proves you can grow your own food, 365 days of the year, no matter where […]

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Book Review: Farmstead Chef

November 3, 2012
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No matter where you live — even in a cold, four-season climate — you can eat healthy, local foods that are home-cooked and don’t cost a lot of money. That’s the message of a new book called Farmstead Chef, coauthored by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko — who are the proprietors of the renowned, eco-friendly […]

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