Gardening is one of Americans' favorite hobbies. It is not necessary to have a large plot of land, a few potted plants will do--indoors or outdoors. Included are books about magnificent gardens and smaller ones, and books about gardening.
Roger Phillips, British botanical and garden photographer, and Leslie Land, American food writer, struck up a friendship at a mushroom gathering in New Hampshire. Their shared interests continued in a charming correspondence across the pond.
First Lady Michelle Obama's goal was to promote healthy, nutritious, tasty food, and it all began with the creation of a vegetable, fruit and herb garden on the grounds of the White House.
The Huntington Library has several gardens. The Chinese Garden, or Garden of Flowing Fragrance, was opened to the public in 2008. Filled with lovely full-page color photographs, the authors discuss the special symbolism of the plants and layout of the garden space.
Chef, restaurateur and food writer Alice Waters championed fresh, organic produce to be used in cooking. At a Berkeley middle school, Waters along with teachers and volunteers changed an abandoned pile of soil into an educational food movement. They taught children and adults how to grow, harvest and cook food on a relatively small scale, and The Edible Schoolyard, which has numerous locations including a local site The Larchmont Schools.
An inspiring story of how Leon Whiteson's changed his drab Hollywood backyard into a beautiful refuge.
C. Z. Guest was a socialite, horse woman, but also a dedicated gardener. Her gardening was begun in childhood, and as the chatelaine of an estate in Old Westbury, Guest was hands-on in maintaining and overseeing the indoor and outdoor gardens.
Eleanor Perenyi was an amateur gardener who wrote passionately about all aspects of gardening. One of these seventy-two essays should offer courage and incentive for the novice and seasoned gardener alike.
British gardener Thalassa Cruso was a unique personality on public televsion, akin to Julia Childs, she had a wealth of knowledge about the basics of gardening. Here she is on YouTube making things grow.
On Manhattan's West Side, one and half miles of abandoned elevated train track was transformed into a urban sanctuary in a very unlikely site.
A history of the Huntington's Japanese Garden, which is over 100 years old. Beauty, tradition and culture are exemplified in the unique features of this very popular California landmark.
The correspondence between two ardent gardeners, Katharine S. White, editor at The New Yorker, and Elizabeth Lawrence, a southern garden writer.