Read any good gardening books lately?
I was not familiar with Frances Benjamin Johnston. She was a photographer of architecture, presidents, celebrities and gardens in the early 1900s. Her garden photography established her as somewhat of a celebrity herself, notably in gardening circles. She was commissioned to photograph the gardens and estates of wealthy Americans and helped document the advances of beautification in this country.
This book features 250 of her hand colored glass-plate lantern slides that have been preserved by the Library of Congress. The gardens she photographed were on the East Coast, West Coast and a few Southern gardens as well. There is also a section of European gardens.
Here are a few samples of the incredible images from the book -
|Thorndale, Oakleigh Thorne House, Millbrook, New York, 1919|
|Dudley Leavitt Pickman Jr. House, Beverly, Massachusetts, 1926|
|Cliveden, Viscount Waldorf Astor House, Taplow, England, 1925|
Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales by Marta McDowell. Timber Press, 2014.
I did not know much about Beatrix Potter and I never read the Peter Rabbit books. It turns out she was an avid gardener. She purchased many properties during her lifetime but it was in England's Lake District, where she created her garden and home, called "Hill Top", that is preserved today for tourists and fans. This book was not only a pleasure to read but I love the way it is designed, with beautiful illustrations and photographs.
Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden by Helen Yoest. St. Lynn's Press, 2014.
The author profiles 45 plants known for their