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GREAT BOOKS & FUN CARDS

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The Plant Recipe Book

By Baylor Chapman

The Plant Recipe Book: A 100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season is the next great thing in interior plant design, providing simple steps showing anyone how to create stunning living plant decor. Each one of the 100 “recipes” specifies the type and quantity of plants needed; clearly numbered instructions detail each step; and 400 photographs show how to place every stem.  A basic how-to chapter provides planting techniques, a tools and materials list, sourcing and plant care information, and expert advice.

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A Time to Plant

By James Farmer

A Time to Plant: Southern Style Garden Living. This lovely text captures Southern indoor/outdoor living traditions for a new generation James Farmer III teaches respect for the age-old rules of flower and vegetable gardening in the Deep South in a fresh voice that resonates love of life and entertaining at home. Also included are delicious recipes for seasonal meals, as well as suggestions for floral arrangements and centerpieces from the garden.

 

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An Affair with a House

By Bunny Williams

An Affair with a House is the book in which world renowned interior designer Bunny Williams’ has chronicles in vivid detail her loving renovation of an 18th century New England manor house. Through photographs, anecdotes, how-tos, and recipes, Williams provides a rare inside look inside her beautifully appointed home and gardens.

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Beautiful Wildflowers

By Edle Catharina Norman

In Beautiful Wildflowers, author and professional florist Edle Catharina Norman shares her extensive knowledge of wildflowers how and when to gather and treat them. Norman takes the reader through each of the 40 projects in a clear, step-by-step method that includes instructions accompanied by more than 160 photographs that illustrate finished projects and different techniques. Perfect for those crafters who want to bring the joy and loveliness of fresh flowers into their home.

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A Garden Book for Houston and the Gulf Coast

A Garden Book for Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, first published in 1929, has been the authoritative go-to book on Houston gardening for over 80 years. This fifth revised edition, written and edited by Lynn M. Herbert, has been entirely updated, expanded, and colorfully redesigned with a new emphasis on organic gardening, native plants, and conservation.

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Empress of the Garden

Mike Shoup’s latest book is a large (12 x 12) coffee table book that addresses the personality of the rose.  Interestingly, rose varieties have various personalities or persona that can influence their garden usage.  These qualities are a creative tool for the gardener intent on providing the right rose for the right garden setting.  This book, as well as addressing the practical nature of their usefulness, delves into this nature.

 

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Backyard Birdwatcher’s Booklets

Making Birdwatching Easy

Published by the Birdwatcher’s Digest, considered the premier birdwatching magazine in North America, these guides will help you identify, understand & attract birds & wildlife to your backyard. Choose from Bird FeedingCardinalsPurple Martins & more.

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Year Round Vegetables, Fruits & Flowers for Metro Houston

By Bob Randall, Ph.D. 

Dr. Randall is a long time Houston gardener and the retired director of Urban Harvest. This book, is considered the basic “bible” of gardening for fruits & vegetables in Houston.  Based on organic & ecological principles, it will provide the reader with the tools and information on how to grow vegetables and fruits in Houston. Filled with useful information, from how to build raised garden beds, to planting timetables. One of the best references on gardening in Houston.

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