My semi-annual review of the season's crop of gardening books is in this Sunday's New York Times. I will cherish one book for decades, I'm sure: Eudora Welty's "garden" letters.

Also of note: Piet Oudolf's book, brimming with planting ideas. Thanks to Warrie Price, visionary and force field behind the Battery Conservancy for introducing Piet to New York City (and inspiring the designers of the High Line.) Visit the Conservancy while it is at peak--which might be soon, given the forcing brought on by this damnable heatwave. A terrific place for a weekend stroll; you'll enjoy sea breezes.

As I wrote in the Times, Thomas Woltz's Garden Park Community Farm is the most important landscaping design book of the year, and this showcase of his firm's work should be the first of several books that teach us some valuable lessons about ecological narratives.

Also do snag a copy of Margaret Roach's "Backyard Parables"--published last season when I was focused on reviewing books about trees, but worth reading in any season. She runs one of my favorite garden sites, A Way to Garden, where she is not only witty but wise as well, a winning combination in any bed of roses.

Enjoy a terrific season of books--better than sunscreen at noonday.


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sandra E said...

Thanks for the kind review - my sister is the editor of the Welty book!