Book Reviews

The 20/30 Something Garden Guide

by Seasonal Wisdom on May 25, 2015

red fountain in 20/30 something garden guideNo one is born with a green or brown thumb. We all need a little help developing our gardening skills from time to time. Sometimes those skills are passed on from generation to generation, if you’re lucky. But more likely than not, they aren’t.

Dee Nash, the author of The 20-30 Something Garden Guide (St. Lynn’s Press) wants to pass along practical, down-to-earth advice to younger gardeners. The kind of advice that you might have learned from a grandmother at an earlier time, who inspires you to become a lifelong gardener. Recently, I sat down with this talented author to learn more. Read the full article →

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Slow Flowers Advice from Debra Prinzing

by Seasonal Wisdom on February 5, 2015

Slow flowers for winter arrangementThe weather may still be cold and wintery where you live, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create unique and attractive bouquets.  Even better is when you can find the foliage and flowers for those arrangements locally, or from your own garden.  To learn more, Seasonal Wisdom spoke with Debra Prinzing, a Seattle-based advocate for local flowers, who shares expert bouquet arranging ideas and talks about her latest book, Slow Flowers. Read the full article →

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The Treasures of Flora Illustrata

December 8, 2014

Imagine 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 […]

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Find the Power Spot in Your Garden

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 – […]

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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 WGLandscape.com – created for his chicken coop! – is just one of the amazing garden ideas you’ll hear about […]

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