But when it comes to garden books, "reading" is a relative term. I do a lot of scanning, and I usually (being a visual learner) reach for garden books with colorful photos—books that help me identify plants or "show" me how to perform various garden tasks.
I'm also a sucker for just about any Dorling Kindersley publication. DK is adept at "showing" readers how to "do" things.
In addition to the stunning photos of creative floral combinations and unique color palettes, "Flowers for the Home," introduces unique ideas for floral arrangements—such as using Watermelons for vases, displaying flowers under water, and tying Magnolia leaves together for a wreath.
Not only does the book encourage whimsy and creativity, it also shows us—using detailed and diagrammed instructions—how to create the stunning displays.
There are sections on floral tools and equipment, containers, picking and conditioning flowers, and preserving and drying.
But my favorite part of the book is leafing through it to spark creativity.
Amazon has a limited quantity of "Flowers for the Home." But I also found it on Google Books, eBay, and various online sellers. Then again, just about any book carrying the names "Malcolmb Hillier" or "Dorling Kindersley" is bound to be worth the investment.
Thanks to Holley at Roses and Other Gardening Joys for hosting Garden Book Reviews on the 20th of each month.
Oh, and check out Malcolm Hillier's photo gallery for photographic inspiration—stunning stuff!
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(For those of you who write or plan to write book reviews, I found this information about fair use, which defines copyright law—at least in the U.S.—as it relates to reproducing book images and writing book reviews. Frankly, if I wrote a book and someone copied parts of it for an online review, I'd be thrilled about the exposure. Various book authors seem to concur.)