by Noelle Johnson (Cool Springs Press)
Scott Aker praised this book for having “broader applicability than many other dry-land gardening books that I’ve run across before,” as well as for “clearly explaining the thought process you need to go through when you garden in a dry climate.” Christine Froelich admired how Johnson “framed the information in a way that is really easy to understand. It’s sort of like she’s kind of your friend, you know, holding your hand as you read along.” Curbelo-Santiago says the book included a lot of information relevant to gardeners in tropical climates.
The Seven-Step Homestead
by Leah M. Webb (Storey Publishing)
In Jim Long’s assessment, this new addition to the pantheon of homesteading books “has wide appeal to people starting to look at ways to be more self-sufficient.” Kim Toscano Holmes agreed, pointing out that the information presented “builds on itself so we’re not repeating things that we learned in chapter one, we’re just adding and adding. I thought it was very well done.” Lucy Mercer praised the design and images in the book, which she says complemented the text.
Tiny + Wild
by Graham Laird Gardener (Cool Springs Press)
Committee members liked the crisp design and clear photos in this book, as well as the approachable scale of the many different projects the author described. “It’s like the scrappy little, ‘you can do it too’ kind of guide,” says Mercer. “If I had to recommend a book to somebody who wanted to grow a meadow garden or a native plants garden, no matter what size their property, I’d say go with Tiny + Wild.” Viveka Neveln praised the design and layout for helping to “break projects up into manageable, bite-sized pieces.”
The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook
by Susan Mulvihill (Cool Springs Press)
This book received high marks from the committee for its authoritativeness, excellent resources, and high-quality images. “I feel this is widely applicable to gardeners of any kind, from beginners to experienced,” says Long. “Susan’s voice is very warm and authoritative, so it’s just like having a reassuring friend who is walking you through the garden,” adds Mercer. “I really appreciate it as a practical book…that I could take it with me to the garden and check problems using the high-resolution photos,” says Curbelo-Santiago. Froelich agrees: “This is the kind of book that would get very dirty because I’d be taking it out in the garden.”
Edible Houseplants by Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin (Storey Publishing)
Firescaping Your Home by Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger (Timber Press)
Flower Bugs by Angella Moorehouse (Pollination Press)
Prairie Up by Benjamin Vogt (3 Fields Books)
Wildscape by Nancy Lawson (Princeton Architectural Press)
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