Get ready to journey into the huge world of growing small
The next garden trend combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures. "Gardening in Miniature"is a complete guide to creating lush, living, small-scale gardens. It has everything you need to pick up this new hobby, including scaled down garden designs, techniques for creating tiny hardscapes, miniature garden care and maintenance, tips on choosing containers, how to buy the right plants, and where to find life-like accessories.Read more...
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Get ready to journey into the huge world of growing small
The next garden trend combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures. "Gardening in Miniature"is a complete guide to creating lush, living, small-scale gardens. It has everything you need to pick up this new hobby, including scaled down garden designs, techniques for creating tiny hardscapes, miniature garden care and maintenance, tips on choosing containers, how to buy the right plants, and where to find life-like accessories. Inspiring step-by-step projects feature basic skills that can be recreated in any number of designs, like a tiny patio, a trellis, a pond, and a secret garden.
Whether you want to build a miniature empire in your garden bed or design a private garden with a pebble patio for an indoor centerpiece, "Gardening in Miniature"is the primer for creating your own tiny, living world"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-06-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Small hands, attention to detail, and imagination facilitate gardening in miniature. Calvo offers additional tools necessary for creating happy worlds that grow on a small scale. At first glance the book might appear to cover only fairy gardens and their attendant accoutrements: little fences, fairy statues, and hidden walkways. Upon close examination, however, the reader quickly discovers a more comprehensive intention: Calvo addresses appropriate horticultural requirements for this fascinating sophisticated approach to container gardening. By means of charts and colorful (and zoomed in) photographs, the book outlines in well-organized ways growing techniques, plant choices, soil requirements, and workable planting combinations for the small-scale gardener. Container / miniature gardening is a magical option for the gardener with limited yard space. This book will position well anyone who wants to begin creating a little world filled with happy growing things. (June 19)
Homemade paper finery
In Sweet Paper Crafts, Mollie Greene demonstrates how simple it can be to turn every last scrap of your waste paper into a treasure trove of unusual things that are delightful to make and will enrich your home. Clear instructions and large photographs emphasize Greene’s crucial principle of sweetening—the alchemical process whereby already-used, otherwise useless piles of paper are transformed into crafty wonders. My favorite photo in the book shows the metamorphosis of pages from a road atlas index into a star cluster garland, festively festooning a window. There are more pragmatic projects to undertake as well, like place settings for a dinner party, a mobile to hang over your baby’s crib, a picture frame and a flowering chandelier. With Sweet Paper Crafts, you can make these items yourself with any paper at hand (or, alternatively, with the more ambitious resources listed in the back of the book), always with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fun.
A MODERN TWIST
For those of us who squandered much of our youth (and white clothing) on tie-dyeing, the fact that the hippie-beloved fad has now become a hot 21st-century phenomenon is one of those mystifying quirks of fashion. Shabd Simon-Alexander’s new book about it is serious—and comprehensive. Want to find out how to set up your optimum work area for tie-dyeing? Necessary materials, the orderly steps for different processes of dyeing and the thrilling patterns that result—from the most basic to the most artistically complex—are all here, in Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It. The book itself is a visual feast. One particular spread looks more like it could be out of the catalog of a joint exhibition of Rothko and Pollock than a page out of a how-to manual on tie-dyeing. There’s a fascinating, illustrated guide to color mixing that puts Damien Hirst to shame. Whether you’re working with shirts or slacks, socks or scarves, Simon-Alexander gives you all the practical information and helpful guidance you need to enhance and expand your wardrobe with a gallery of abstract wonders. C’mon. You know you’re dyeing to.
TOP PICK IN LIFESTYLES
“To see a world in a grain of sand, / And a heaven in a wild flower, / Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour.” These are Romantic poet William Blake’s instructions for how best to take in and appreciate the beauty shining all around us. Blake might have been astonished at the literal application of his poetic principles in Janit Calvo’s Gardening in Miniature. Calvo provides guidance for creating dozens of tiny landscape designs, including furniture and accessories that lend each diminutive scenario its unique and complete verisimilitude. And of course, there are instructions for growing and caring for the wondrous living plants themselves, in all their bonsai-like glory. The objective is always one and the same in each design: to “Create Your Own Tiny Living World” (the book’s subtitle)—a task that should not be undertaken lightly, for it requires certain investments of time, energy and money. With infectious cunning, the author lays out how we might invent Lilliputian versions of our own lives, so that we might imagine inhabiting this or that little Eden of our own devising, lovely and perfect little places where all the things we love best in the world could be bound—perhaps even literally—in a nutshell.