Always one of my favorite assignments: round up the best and most interesting of the garden books of the season, and figure out how to knit them together. The New York Times Book Review publishes the piece in print this weekend but it is up online now, with, as always, wonderful illustrations.

I just got through with a book that didn't come across my desk when it was published, sadly, as I would have raved about it then. But it is never too late. Anyone interested in how our ideas of landscape, wilderness, and gardens evolved, and continue to change, should read Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris. 


Judith said...

I'd also add urban forager Marie Viljoen's 2013 book, "66 Square Feet: a delicious life" to this list. I wrote about Viljoen and her book in a recent column for Talking Writing — http://talkingwriting.com/essence-home

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This bit made made me belly-laugh: "I gazed with no small lust in my heart at air plants perching in napkin rings, teacups or bull’s horns, as styled by the book’s artistic author."

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