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.

Castles of the World – Phyllis G. Jestice

CotW, written by Phyllis G. Jestice, is a visual travel among castles. From the oldest, built to withstand actual attacks, to the modern and more decorative ones, Jestice put together an informative book, filled with pictures and cultural tidbits. It might be a niche topic, but it sure is interesting. Built atop of hills, surrounded by moats, sometimes only reachable by boat, in the general imaginary they’re a stronghold; visiting them, even by proxy, feels like taking a step in the past.