Get inspired: books for gardeners and flower lovers

Seira Wilson on July 02, 2020

Books for garden inspiration

I think we've all been spending as much time as possible outdoors over the last few months and the weather is finally catching up with our need to be out of the house. Even some of us who aren't usually inclined to garden are getting out in the dirt to enjoy the sun on our faces and the satisfaction of creating visible, beautiful, change.

Below you'll find a handful of new books for gardening inspiration, DIY guidance, and creative new ideas for those of you who already have gorgeous blooms at the ready.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Growing Vegetables at Home by Jill McSheehy

I've been hearing from more and more people who are starting a vegetable garden this year, many for the first time. Now that we're at home—a lot—it seems like less of a challenge to keep up with the weeding and watering. Plus, who doesn't love a home grown tomato fresh off the vine? McSheehy walks beginning gardeners through all the steps and know-how needed to get started and create a garden that will flourish with edible goodness in the months to come.


The Art of Wearable Flowers: Floral Rings, Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, and More by Susan McLeary

Now, this book is just straight-up fun, creative, and very cool. Author Susan McLeary is a floral stylist and in her book she shows readers how to make 40 different wearable floral accessories including rings, necklaces, headpieces, and more. Each project has step-by-step instructions and photographs, techniques and plant care tips. McLeary uses succulents, feathery ferns, and a wide range of flowers to make her eye-catching pieces and the book itself is something of a show-stopper. An explosion of creativity and style.

Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Flowers, from Today's Favorites to Unusual Varieties by Matt Mattus

Author Matt Mattus is about as hands-on as they come. The creator of the popular blog, Growing with Plants, Mattus has personally grown every one of the flowers and flowering shrubs included in this book. Mattus covers annuals and biennials, growing from seeds or bulbs, and even flowering vines. Highly comprehensive, with both common and heirloom varietals, and filled with lush color photographs. This is the book to help you grow gorgeous blooms all year round.

Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers: Designing Gorgeous Arrangements for Every Season by Erin Benzakein

For anyone who loves flowers, this is a must-have. Author Erin Benzakein is a highly acclaimed floral designer and flower farmer who shares her knowledge and creativity so that anyone can create beautiful flower arrangements at home. Floret's Farm A Year in Flowers includes an A to Z flower guide, vibrant photographs and all the instructions and tips you need to create incredible seasonal bouquets and more. I've had success making arrangements from her last book, Floret's Farm Cut Flower Garden, and am excited to try this one.

Garden Alchemy: 80 Recipes and Concoctions for Organic Fertilizers, Plant Elixirs, Potting Mixes, Pest Deterrents, and More by Stephanie Rose

The 80 recipes in Garden Alchemy cover everything from DIY soil testing to making your own liquid fertilizer. For beginners, Rose shows you how to test your soil and use organic ingredients to promote optimal growth and health of your plants. Seasoned gardeners can learn how to make their own specialty potting soils, and even homemade seed bombs. Straightforward instructions, charts, and helpful photographs make this an easy-to-use guide to organic gardening.

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