Archives de catégorie : Gardening

THE HEALTHY GARDEN de Kathleen Norris Brenzel & Mary-Kate Mackey

Part-gardening bible, part-call to action, award-winning authors Kathleen Norris Brenzel and Mary-Kate Mackey present advice, tips, and how-tos for gardeners seeking better health, increased happiness, and stronger communities.

Simple Steps for a Greener World
by Kathleen Norris Brenzel & Mary-Kate Mackey
Abams, November 2022

A gardening book for the times we live in, THE HEALTHY GARDEN combines practical advice for starting a garden with a rare view into how home gardening builds resilience, personal happiness, and community strength. Filled with savvy tips from dozens of experts, each chapter celebrates the many ways gardening works to build health. These professionals and passionate plant people offer lively insights into landscape design, soil science, nutrition, and plant choices. With its can-do, Victory Garden approach, THE HEALTHY GARDEN is essential for anyone seeking to live closer to nature in their own backyards.

Award-winning authors Kathleen Norris Brenzel and Mary-Kate Mackey have contributed to the Sunset garden book series, including the Sunset Western Garden Book, along with many other publications. Brenzel lives in Menlo Park, California, and Mackey lives in Eugene, Oregon.


Bring fresh meaning to your houseplants, bouquets, and floral arrangements with this illustrated exploration of the rituals, cultures, and mythology behind 600 blooms, herbs, and trees.

The Secret Language and History of 600 Blooms
by Karen Azoulay
Clarkson Potter, February 2023

In the Victorian language of flowers, hundreds of blooms were ascribed specific meanings based on mythology, science, foreign language, and ancient history. Page through this botanical encyclopedia to learn each flower’s Victorian meaning (blackberry, for example, represents « envy » while ranunculus boldly states, « I am dazzled by your charms »), other common names for the bloom, and read about each flower’s cultural history. There is also an index of the flowers grouped by theme, should you want to challenge your local florist with creating a coded message for a loved one.
Karen Azoulay pairs vintage botanical drawings with electric photography, creating a one-of-a-kind flower dictionary with a distinctly mystic feel. FLOWERS AND THEIR MEANINGS is both a beautiful volume and a practical guide to incorporating the language of flowers into your own life.

Karen Azoulay is an interdisciplinary artist and author whose performance and sculptural art explores earth-elements and the female form. Her projects have been featured and reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Vogue. Recent exhibitions include Semi-Precious, a solo show at Essex Flowers in New York, and Root of the Head at Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit.