Outlandish: Walking Europe’s Unlikely Landscapes – Nick Hunt

This is a very peculiar book. One I savored for a long while, because it’s fascinating, both in concept and in storytelling. Did you know that there’s a glacier tucked away in Scotland? Or a desert in Spain? I was aware about the latter, and of course the existence of the Hungarian steppe is common knowledge, but the glacier stumped me. Same with the Białowieża, a primeval Polish forest. 

Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast – J. Jewell, C. Atkinson

Under Western Skies, written by Jennifer Jewell, is an ode to plant diversity. Together with photographer Caitlin Atkinson, Jewell covers the whole Western area, from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, interviewing landscapers and horticulturists, artists and gardners. Each of them opened up their house--or sanctuary, or park, or--and talked about the places they shaped up with time and patience.

Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home – Liz Marie Galvan

Liz Marie Galvan, blogger extraordinaire, opens up her farm and lets the readers in. Season after season, we get to witness the transformations she makes in order to better suit the mood and the festivities both, adapting her house until it looks like a new, different place. From the bigger tasks to strategically placed plants and pillows, there’s something for everyone.