The Garden Against Time by Olivia Laing

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How many of us understand what we are looking at when strolling through a beautiful garden? Do we notice a particular style? Or do we take in a wider--fascinating--history? Do we understand how the garden reflects a particular vision of the joy and beauty of paradise? Laing's own look in this comprehensive survey of British gardening covers these themes and more; unleashing her passion for plants, she leads us on a journey into the creation of a safe, private, bountiful, and truly extraordinary garden. There is plenty here to delight both gardeners and non-gardeners! 

The Garden Against Time: In Search of a Common Paradise By Olivia Laing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393882001
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 25th, 2024

Planta Sapiens by Paco Calvo

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Calvo's fascinating facts do more than just enchant--they build a path of evidence showing that non-human creatures may have intelligence. Consider, for example, how plants track a moving light source through the day, or how tropical greens deck themselves out with foliage before a rain to capitalize on the growing season ahead. These and similar plant behaviors would seem to require a mind to direct them. As a gardening enthusiast it's always been obvious to me that plants have feelings, and I love this engaging and intriguing book.



Planta Sapiens: The New Science of Plant Intelligence By Paco Calvo, Natalie Lawrence (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393881080
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 14th, 2023

Orchid Muse, by Erica Hannickel

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Hannickel, a master gardener and environmental historian, combines her two skills for an inspiring and fascinating book about that most mysterious plant: the orchid. As her weave of history, research, and hands-on experience demonstrates, there is much more to these "little divas" than their flowers. Telling stories of both the plants and the people who sometimes went to great risks to find, grow, and love them, Hannickel spins a compelling narrative that spans continents and centuries, gives us glimpses of other cultures, and shares tips on choosing, handling, and raising orchids, making this both a delightful read and a practical companion.



Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers By Erica Hannickel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867282
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 20th, 2022