Another book caught in the bottleneck—there are 5-6 of them, I think—and I’m sorry because Inside Your Japanese Garden deserves the highest praises. No one rated it on GoodReads yet, I mean, which. A crime, let me tell you.
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.
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.
What a lovely little book! I chose TP because I’m a plant parent too, a hobby I picked up from my mom: her place is chock full of them, bought and rescued both - don’t ask - and every once in a while she knocks on my door with a grin and a new leafy baby.