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.
All these gardens are unique. In a way, every garden is, per se, but at the end of the day the vegetation is the common denominator. Private Gardens of the Pacific Northwest gives us something more. A spark of creativity, of cleverness; it might be hidden in a wooden sculpture, or in plain sight with a metal arc.
Just for the Summer made me discover the concept of rural romance, and I’ve got to say it won me over right from the start
Santini and Di Filippo, two Italian expats who run @prettylittlelondon on Instagram, have put together a book featuring both cool, instagrammable pictures and activities to do when you’re visiting London.
Amazing Art Adventures does indeed feature a lot of amazing art. Zappaterra put together a comprehensive book featuring a lot of different installments, museums, and exhibitions. Doubling down as a travel guide, it touches every continent and showcases many of the best art pieces worldwide.
s holds a promise in the title itself - fabulous! - and wow, does it deliver. Funny and entertaining, Stella Stonestreet’s book takes us for a wild ride across the world.
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.
Natural Landmarks of Arizona is an odd one out, in a good way. As promised on the tin, it takes us roadtripping--mountaintripping?-- across the great state of Arizona, and it does so while giving us interesting tidbits about the territory. From geological info to historical ones, Yetman covers all aspects of each cliff and hill.
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.
AofVP, written by Travis Elborough, is a comprehensive book based on places that have either faded away already or are on the brink of fading. Divided in four sections (Ancient Cities, Forgotten Lands, Shrinking Places, and Threatened Worlds), it gives us a broad impression of cities and locations scattered around the world.