Summer is the perfect time to find pleasure in lazy days, to get out of the city and back to nature, and to slow down. What better way to escape the city’s hustle and bustle (and heat) by heading to the pool or beach with a wonderful new book? Here are some book suggestions for gardeners, designers, and lovers of flora:
“Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature” by Ngoc Minh Ngo
Author Ngoc Minh Ngo is a noted lifestyle photographer that examines the “back to nature” movement in this new book with contributions from Deborah Needleman and Nicolette Owen. The editors at Gardenista note that “This is the first volume to showcase how to be inspired by nature’s seasonal bounty and bring that nature into the home through floral arrangements,” a distinction that sets “Bringing Nature Home” apart from other flower-arrangement books. Bring this book to the beach if you want to be transported into nature with beautiful, lush, photography.
This New York Times bestselling book is definitely a fun one to keep around and pick up now and then. Amy Stewart’s “The Drunken Botanist” combines the author’s lifelong interests in botany and craft cocktails, and explores hundreds of plants and how they are fermented, mixed, infused, and transformed into the world’s most iconic drinks. One other great thing about this book is that it contains more than 50 drink recipes to craft beautiful cocktails by using plants in your garden. “The Drunken Botanist” is definitely a must-have for lovers of booze and botany.
“Onward and Upward in the Garden” by Katharine White
“Onward and Upward in the Garden” is a collection of 14 essays originally published in The New Yorker and collected by White’s husband, E.B. White. In the essays, White discusses her favorite garden catalogs, her disdain for flower hybrids and roses, and the history of gardening. Her humor, opinionated writing style, and lively criticism of various gardening practices makes for a wonderful read.
Other wonderful books for gardeners include “The Edible Balcony” by Alex Mitchell, “Natural Companions” by Ken Druse, and “Garden Anywhere” by Alys Fowler. What are some of your favorite beach books for gardeners?