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Home & Garden from our 2020 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2020 Summer Newsletter.

The Earth in Her Hands 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants by Jennifer Jewell

This inspiring book celebrates the many ways women have contributed to the world of plants. With a format reminiscent of In the Company of Women, each farmer, florist, horticulturalist, landscape designer, nurserywoman, and plant pathologist in this collection is profiled with a photograph and essay. Topics as diverse as collaboration, community, race, enslavement, science, medicine, conservation, and food justice are part of the conversation. I loved the sense of common purpose these women have, despite their different roles, and was excited to see the inclusion of many Bay Area women, including seed expert Renee Shepherd of Felton. This is a beautiful and moving book. “Plants contain the world. The garden, better than any college education, gave the world to me.” —Jamaica Kincaid

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ISBN: 9781604699029
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press - March 3rd, 2020

Green by Jason Chongue

Yes, another plant book, but hear me out: This one’s worth snagging. A wonderful source of inspiration as well as a solid reference to make sure your plants live a long and healthy life. The book is very appealing, both aesthetically and in terms of the information it contains. (Visual examples of various types of sunlight conditions? Yes please!) Since we’re all at home a little bit more nowadays, why not use the time to propagate your favorite plant or add some new beauties to your current household?

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Green: Plants for small spaces, indoors and out Cover Image
ISBN: 9781743795545
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hardie Grant - April 7th, 2020

Modern Container Gardening How to Create a Stylish Small-Space Garden Anywhere by Isabelle Palmer

This lovely book about container gardens is filled with advice and is great for gardeners of all levels, but will be especially helpful for beginners. Palmer has a fresh, modern approach to plant and color combinations, which I really loved. Each container garden project she features—from Summer Brights to Provencal Pastels to Ombré Herb Pots—includes plant lists and step-by-step instructions (sort of like a recipe) so it’s easy for anyone to create the same beautiful look. 

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ISBN: 9781784883133
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hardie Grant - March 3rd, 2020

How to Make a House a Home Creating a Purposeful, Personal Space by Ariel Kaye

How to Make a House a Home teaches us how to take the right steps toward a beautiful, mindful, functional, and uniquely “me”  home. Gently directing us to think about and see the essential factors in making a comfortable as well as functional space, this guidebook explores ways to develop an environment that welcomes, nurtures, and inspires. Ariel Kaye meets us where we are in this accessible resource to wherever we might call home, with beautifully rendered illustrations, creative tips, and design advice, including color palettes, room-by-room organization, house plants, and furniture. Take your spring cleaning to an elevated level or simply beautify to whatever degree you want. Highly recommend for the curious and motivated home design enthusiast!

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ISBN: 9781984826466
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter - April 14th, 2020

Kitchen Garden Revival by Nicole Johnsey Burke

If you are new to gardening but are excited to start growing some of your own food, this book is a great place to start. Written in a warm, you-can-do-it tone, it is also filled with really good advice and is tailored for a small-scale space like a yard or patio. I love that the author has a point of view, like her commitment to raised beds—which make it easier on your back, produce incredibly reliable results, and give your garden structure no matter how unwieldly your plants may get. And even though I’m an experienced gardener, I found some great new ideas (like growing tomatoes on arched metal trellises) and plenty to love in Kitchen Garden Revival. Pick up a copy and get growing!

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By Nicole Johnsey Burke, Eric Kelley (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9780760366868
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Published: Cool Springs Press - May 5th, 2020

Cool Is Everywhere New and Adaptive Design Across America by Michel Arnaud

Kind of a cross between “how to save your medium-sized city” and “architectural repurposing porn,” this book by an architectural photographer has almost got me ready to head out on the road to see what other kinds of awesome I’ve been missing. Case studies highlight Oakland, Portland, Austin, and Denver in the West as well as Rust Belt jewels and Southern revitalization in action. Cool Is Everywhere discusses gentrification and the unequal distribution of the benefits of urban recovery, but mostly it’s a naked-brick-and-stripped-hardwood-floor blueprint for saving your city, one abandoned factory at a time.

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ISBN: 9781419738227
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Published: Abrams - June 2nd, 2020

Natural Palettes Inspiration from Plant-Based Color by Sasha Duerr

This gorgeous, compact book features 25 color palettes from flora, food, and plants that will inspire artists, gardeners, and anyone working in textiles, fashion, or interior design. Jason Long, author of the beautiful book Make Ink calls Natural Palettes, “A poem, a guide, a swatch book and a manifesto for natural color awareness rolled into one. This is a book steeped in the past, useful in the now, and alchemized for the future. A beautiful and crucial map for those looking for an adventure that begins at their feet.”

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ISBN: 9781616897925
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 21st, 2020

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