New Garden books for April

 You will find a wide array of subject matter traversed in these gardening books fresh to shelves here at the library. Touching on subjects such as  gardening gently with wildlife in mind, bamboo and its wonders, then to finding out how big country manors of yesteryear were managed (and yes there is a section on grounds management which earns the book Wise words & country house ways  a part in this selection) to modern garden design  this selection makes a pot pouri of different takes on what it is to garden.

Syndetics book coverThe wildlife-friendly vegetable gardener : how to grow food in harmony with nature / Tammi Hartung ; illustrations by Holly Ward Bimba.
“This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment instead of continually fighting it you ll reap a larger harvest with much less stress and effort. Tammi Hartungexplains how to start with a hardy and healthy garden, create beneficial relationships through smart planting, attract helpful insects and pollinators, intentionally create habitats for wildlife, and much more.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverBamboo / Susanne Lucas.
“We may think of bamboo only as a snack for cuddly panda bears, but we use the plant as food, clothing, paper, fabric, and shelter. Susanne Lucas shows how bamboo has always met the physical and spiritual requirements of humanity while at the same time being exploited by people everywhere. Lucas describes how bamboo’s special characteristics, such as its ability to grow quickly and thus be an easily replaced resource, offers potential solutions to modern ecological dilemmas. She explores the vital role bamboo plays in the survival of many animals and ecosystems, as well as its use for some of the earliest books ever written, as the framework for houses, and for musical instruments. As modern research and technologies advance, she explains, bamboo use has increased dramatically–it can now be found in the filaments of light bulbs, airplanes, the reinforcements of concrete, and even bicycles. Filled with illustrations, Bamboo is an interesting new take on a plant that is both very old and very new.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)
 
Syndetics book coverThe good life lab : radical experiments in hands-on living / Wendy Jehanara Tremayne. 
“This is the inspirational story of how one couple  moved to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of value and abundance in the process. They share tips and tutorials to guide readers in the discovery of a fulfilling new lifestyle that relies less on money. Tremayne” “not only teaches the art of making biofuel, appliances, structures, gardens, food, and medicine but also presents reasons for makers to share their innovations and ideas through open source and creative commons licenses.Practical, contemplative, and action-oriented, The Good Life Lab is the manual for life in a post-consumer age.”
(Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverWise words & country house ways / Ruth Binney ; foreword by Julian Fellowes.
“This charming guide to the world of the English country house reveals all the essential hints and tips for living in and running a great house, and the rules of etiquette and manners that existed both ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’. Since correct behaviour was so important to all activities of the house, ‘A Matter of Manners’ addresses the essentials of etiquette, a theme that also extends into ‘Leisure, Entertainment and Sport’. And finally there is the  ‘Garden and Grounds’ section focuses on everything from the cultivation of exotic fruit for the table to brewing and the care of horses and other animals.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverGarden voices : Australian designers : their stories / Anne Latreille.
Garden Voices is unique. It is the first book to embark on a study of designers who demonstrate a deep understanding of the Australian environment and an ability to work creatively with it. This includes gardens in lush tropical forests and chilly mountains, arid deserts and rolling countryside, beside rivers and the sea, in closepacked inner cities and spreading suburbs.  With research extending over fourteen years, it is a vital reference for anyone – from professional designer to garden lover – who seeks a broader understanding of designing gardens in Australia, now and in the future.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverLandprints : the landscape designs of Bernard Trainor / by Susan Heeger ; photography by Jason Liske and Marion Brenner.
Australian-born landscape designer Bernard Trainor has made it his life’s work to capture the wild soul of his adopted home of Northern California.  Across airy hilltops, craggy seasides, and other one-of-a-kind tracts, Trainor applies simple, understated frames to rugged natural panoramas, the better to bring them into focus. Designed to engage all of the senses—the sound of water, the smell of sage—Trainor’s gardens create sensory memories that foster a deep connection to the land.Landprintsshowcases ten of his most ambitious and inspiring gardens through gorgeous photography and detailed project descriptions.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe new English garden / Tim Richardson ; photographs by Andrew Lawson ; with Jane Sabire and Rachel Warne.
“A comprehensive overview of the contemporary English garden scene, by the dream team of Tim Richardson, most perceptive and insightful of contemporary writers on gardens, and renowned garden photographer Andrew Lawson. The past ten to fifteen years have been an exceptionally rich period in English garden design, and for this book Tim Richardson has selected twenty-five gardens which have gone through an intense phase of creativity and innovation during this time span.”(Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverEveryday roses : how to grow Knock Out® and other easy-care garden roses / Paul Zimmerman.
 ” Aimed at gardeners who want the beauty of roses without the fuss, this book offers an approach that is more accessible and environmentally friendly than competing volumes–and no other book in the current market focuses exclusively on modern roses and getting the most out of them. Readers will find helpful suggestions for choosing roses based on landscape need, tips on what to look for when buying roses, new techniques for the best way to plant roses, and sensible time-saving methods to maintain their roses throughout the year.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverTalk about contemporary gardens / Chantal Colleu-Dumond ; [translated from the French by John Lee.
The garden has been a major art form for many civilizations, and has evolved considerable, experiencing a particularly rapid development over the last thirty years. New practices, materials, and plants; the contemporary decline of grand gardening traditions; links with other artistic milieus; and some unexpected and daring creations have secured the garden’s status as a thriving creative universe of infinite diversity. Landscape architects, urban planners, and gardeners continue to surprise, to reinvent distinctive gardens, and to create innovative new horizons.”(Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverTherapeutic landscapes: an evidence-based approach to designing healing gardens and restorative outdoor spaces
“Whether the outdoor space is a courtyard, a campus, or a roof garden; whether it is part of an acute care or a residential facility; or whether it serves children, cancer patients, veterans, or the elderly, this comprehensive guide delivers proven approaches to the design of beautiful spaces that reduce stress, encourage emotional equilibrium, support recovery from illness or injury, and help patients regain lost or impaired abilities.” (Adaped Syndetics Summary)

New Garden Books for January

Amongst our recently purchased gardening books this month there are a few that stand out to me. These are the ones that have useful, doable ideas – perhaps ones I would like to try!

Syndetics book coverThe manual of seed saving : harvesting, storing, and sowing techniques for vegetables, herbs, and fruits / Andrea Heistinger ; in association with Arche Noah, Pro Specie Rara ; translated by Ian Miller.
Growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs from seed has many benefits for both the gardener and the planet. Seed saving helps gardeners maintain important regional varieties that are well-suited for specific conditions, encourages plant diversity, and helps promote plants with the best texture, flavor, and variety. The Manual of Seed Saving is an authoritative guide from experts around the globe. It includes popular market plants like asparagus, carrots, corn, rhubarb, spinach, squash, and tomatoes. Plant profiles include critical information on pollination, isolation distances, cultivation, harvest, storage, and pests and diseases. The Manual of Seed Saving is an essential reference for all food producers including vegetable growers, market gardeners, and farmers.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPest-repellent plants : organic solutions to garden and household pests / Penny Woodward.
This much-expanded new edition of Pest-repellent Plants shows you how to control problem pests with tactics, with traps, and with simple, safe sprays made from the plants in your garden. As well as the more than 60 relevant plants, it now also includes many other organic solutions from traps and barriers to sprays, oils, dusting powders and washes made from common kitchen products like molasses, coffee and bicarbonate of soda. In addition to the A-Z of plants, there are new chapters on how the plants and recipes work, on strategies, and a new A-Z of pests. Thisbook helps you find a quick and easy organic solution to all the common garden, personal and household pests.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverGrowing & using herbs & spices / Don Burke.
“Planting, growing, harvesting and eating herbs are some of the most popular gardening activities for gardeners all over the world. Their health benefits have been handed down over generations for centuries, and many herbs are still used to cure and soothe common ailments. This book is for anyone who loves herbs, including gardeners and cooks.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverSeven flowers and how they shaped our world / Jennifer Potter.
“The lotus, lily, sunflower, opium poppy, rose, tulip and orchid — each embodies a different kind of power, and each has a story to tell that will take you by surprise. Jennifer Potter tracks these flowers across the globe as she examines their influence on human societies and reveals some astonishing truths.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe biodynamic orchard book / Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and Michael Maltas.
“This book brings together the best advice for cultivating fruit trees, berries and shrubs using biodynamic methods, with the aim of harvesting healthy fruit free of pesticides.This is an invaluable book with practical advice on all aspects of planning and maintaining a healthy orchard.This is a thoroughly revised and updated combined edition of Biodynamic Treatment of Fruit Trees, Berries and Shrubs by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and Orchard Pest Management and Spray Schedule by Michael Maltas.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

December Gardening Picks

Amongst this month’s new garden book picks In the Garden was a standout. This beautifully illustrated book cleverly introduces some of our iconic native flora and fauna in a very accessible way.  In the practical gardening tips department  there is advice on how to rejig and refresh existing plant arrangements rather than starting from scratch which is also appealing.

Syndetics book coverIn the garden : explore & discover the New Zealand backyard / Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler.
In the Garden introduces young children to common creatures they can find in a New Zealand garden.  The book describes their relationship with other living things, and includes many interesting and intriguing facts. This book encourages children aged 4-8 to explore their gardens and discover the plants and animals that live there, with sections on bees, wasps and flies; butterflies and moths; snails and spiders; lizards, mammals and birds. Aimed at children from pre-schoolers and up, the book will also appeal to anyone who is curious about the wild side of New Zealand gardens.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRefresh your garden design with color, texture & form / Rebecca Sweet.
“This book is packed with advice on how to wake up boring garden beds, ways to make a cramped garden feel bigger and also ideas on how to  bring a sense of intimacy to an expansive area. If you are needing ideas on how to downplay eyesores, or need to create a certain mood this you will find suggestions on which plants to keep and which to pull, and also how to  thoughtfully integrate hardscaping, structures and accessories.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeatrix Potter’s gardening life : the plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales / Marta McDowell.
“There aren’t many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter.  Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England’s Lake District.  Richly illustrated and filled with quotations from her books, letters, and journals, it is essential reading for all who know and cherish Beatrix Potter’s classic tales.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhy can’t my garden look like that? : proven, easy ways to make a beautiful garden of your own / John Shortland.
“John Shortland demonstrates just how easy it is to make adjustments to what is already there to make your garden stunning, whatever its size. Whether it’s an issue with design, plant selection or pruning – or even lack of time – simple solutions are described in clear language that will appeal both to the complete novice and those with more experience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAustralian coastal gardens / Myles Baldwin, photography by Sue Stubbs.
“The coastal gardens of Australia are as varied as the geography of this vast continent itself. Join Myles Baldwin as he travels around the country, from the gentle landscape of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and the sheer cliffs of Sydney’s Dover Heights to an old copper mining town in South Australia and beyond.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe essential Audrey Eagle : botanical art of New Zealand.
“Presents more than 150 paintings of our most loved native plants, from every major genus. The beautiful full-colour plates are accompanied by detailed notes, and a fresh introduction tells the story of Audrey Eagle and sets her place in the history of botanical illustration of New Zealand’s unique native flora” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe biodynamic orchard book / Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and Michael Maltas.
” This book brings together the best advice for cultivating fruit trees, berries and shrubs using biodynamic methods, with the aim of harvesting healthy fruit free of pesticides.This is an invaluable book with practical advice on all aspects of planning and maintaining a healthy orchard.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGrow your own plants / [Alan Titchmarsh].
“By using a variety of simple propagation techniques you can learn how to grow your own plants for free. Alan Titchmarsh shows how to sow seed, take leaf and root cuttings, divide shrubs, and how to promote growth in your young plants. He covers all the essentials and provides inspirational ideas for filling your garden with flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables, all grown from scratch.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBackyard foraging : 65 familiar plants you didn’t know you could eat / Ellen Zachos.
“You don’t need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. You’ll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles. Full-color photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should NEVER harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.” (Syndetics summary)

Recent Architecture Picks

In this batch of recent additions to our collection there are a diverse range of topics covered. These range from alternatives to the usual assumptions of how suburban architecture should be configured, to personal memoirs of space.

Syndetics book coverNew suburban : reinventing the family home Australia & New Zealand / Stuart Harrison. “Stuart Harrison, along with some of our best architects, challenges the notion that we must choose between amenity and outdoor space, between small city apartments and huge houses miles from anywhere. New Suburban showcases thirty houses that offer brilliant alternatives through intelligent and original architecture: new houses plus imaginative makeovers in both city and suburb. In A Place in the Sun and Forty-six Square Metres of Land Doesn’t Normally Become a House, Stuart Harrison championed sustainable and efficient houses. Now he rediscovers what’s best in suburbia and re-envisions housing that is exciting, adaptable, attractive and sustainable for communities of the future.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMy New Orleans, gone away : a memoir of loss and renewal / Peter M. Wolf.
“In this poignant and vivid memoir, Peter M. Wolf, a member of one of New Orleans’s oldest Jewish families, recreates the sights, sounds, tastes and simultaneously provides an insider’s look at this fabled city, so damaged and changing in the wake of Katrina. Reflecting the yearnings and anxieties of a generation that came of age after World War II, this is the iconic journey of a restless man who leaves the hometown he loves to discover the world and in so doing, to find himself.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrafting modernism / Kerry Hill ; essays by Geoffrey London, Paul Finch, Erwin Viray ; edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda.
“Crafting Modernism is a long overdue book that examines and celebrates more than 30 years of consistently strong and innovative work by Kerry Hill Architects, an architectural studio with offices in Singapore and Fremantle, Australia. This multi-award winning practice established its reputation with a series of exotic resorts in locations throughout South-East Asia. It also designed a brace of exceptional houses that were informed by the earlier resort work. Organised chronologically, this four hundred page book features an extended essay about the evolution of practise and a selection of forty of Kerry Hill’s most important works from 1992 – 2012.”(Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMakers of modern architecture : volume II / Martin Filler. “In  Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II, Filler continues his investigations into the building art. He surveys the seemingly inexhaustible flow of new books about Wright and Le Corbusier, and continues his commentaries on Piano’s museum buildings with an essay focused on the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum in Los Angeles. Filler also focuses on some of the most recent projects to have attracted critical and popular attention both in the United States and abroad,Filler remains, in these nineteen essays, a shrewd observer of the pressures on architects and their projects–money, politics, social expectations, even the weight of their own reputations. But his focus is always on the buildings themselves, on their sincerity and directness, on their form and their function, on their capacity to bring delight to the human landscape.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBest of residential / [editor in chief, Cindy Allen]Interior Design’ magazine proudly presents ‘Best of Residential Architecture and Design’, a must-have for the design community immersed in the culture and those looking for a valuable resource on the best work in residential design today. ‘Interior Design’, which is closely followed by the design community, has created this book as part of its ‘Best of’ book series. ‘Best of Residential Architecture and Design’ recognizes superior design in the broad reaching and exciting world of residential, and shares that with the design universe.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 contemporary green buildings = 100 zeitgenössiche grüne bauten = 100 bâtiments verts contemporains / Philip Jodidio. “This book brings the best examples of green projects from the Architecture Now! series together with numerous new, never-seen-before projects. Well-known architects like Frank Gehry and Norman Foster are present right alongside young, up-and-coming creators from Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia. This is not a technical book, nor are its contents limited to any predefined category. Some solutions, the ones generally called “passive,” are as old as the history of architecture, while others are born of cutting-edge technologies. Both approaches and many more are included in this groundbreaking collection of 100 of the world’s most innovative and recent eco-friendly buildings.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHomes from home : inventive small spaces, from chic shacks to cabins and caravans / Vinny Lee. “There is an enormous pleasure in having a place where you can get away from it all, a small intimate space where you can live out your fantasies or simply indulge a passion. This could be a boat moored on an urban waterway or a wilderness shack miles from anywhere, lost among nature. Huts and Hideways includes low-impact buildings, often constructed to blend with their surroundings, made of materials sympathetic to their environment. They include cabins made from wood, metal and stone or carvedfrom the landscape itself, to treehouses perched in leafy heights. The second section Homes to Go covers mobile or moveable accommodation, providing temporary shelter in various locations, from vintage shepherd’s huts and gleaming airtstream trailors to bell tents and  tipis and sleek and compact boats” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChildren’s spaces : from zero to ten / Judith Wilson ; photography by Debi Treloar.
” Children’s Spaces helps you to plan all the practical aspects of children’s rooms and provides plenty of affordable ideas and inspiration when it comes to their design and decoration. Judith Wilson looks at rooms for children between birth and ten years old, with chapters on babies’ rooms, rooms for girls, rooms for boys, and shared bedrooms. There are also chapters on sensible storage and areas that children and adults share – bathrooms, play areas, eating areas and outside space. Children’s Spaces contains a wealth of inspiration drawn from the homes of real families, with real kids, which amply proves that children and great design can happily co-exist without compromising on style.”  (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe inspired home : interiors of deep beauty / by Karen Lehrman Bloch ; foreword by Donna Karan. “The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty opens the door to twenty-five of the most beautiful homes in the world–ones owned by top interior designers, fashion designers, artists, and stylists–to reveal how simple principles borrowed from nature can inspire gorgeous, innovative interiors that both calm and embolden us. An inspired home, Bloch reveals, fulfills our physical and spiritual needs, provides an enduring sense of rejuvenation and pleasure, and is both easily attainable and timeless.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Recent Garden Picks

These new gardening books cover a variety of subjects from the inspiring and unattainable, to everyday practical advice – there’s even a book full of projects that children can get excited about!

Syndetics book coverThe new English garden / Tim Richardson ; photographs by Andrew Lawson ; with Jane Sabire and Rachel Warne. 
“Tim Richardson has selected twenty-five gardens which have gone through an intense phase of creativity and innovation during the past 10 to 15 years. The gardens chosen (most of which are open to the public), cover the wide range of styles flourishing in English garden design today and range from the Prince of Wales’s garden at Highgrove, Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s own garden and ‘laboratory for design ideas’ at Gresgarth and Dan Pearson’s Gardener’s Cottage to Christopher Bradley-Hole’s Modernist garden at Crockmore House, and Alasdair Ford’s truly original garden of sculptures and poetic inferences at Plaz Metaxu.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

 
Syndetics book coverEdible garden design / Jamie Durie.
“Practical and inspiring, Jamie Durie’s Edible Garden Design is a book for our times. Here Jamie shows you how to create productive edible gardens that look great. He gives you the lowdown on the design function of each plant, and reveals how to incorporate edibles into even the smallest of outdoor spaces without sacrificing style. Be inspired by real-life case studies in Australia and the US, from Jamie’s mum’s beloved vegie patch and kids’ community plots in Chicago to Matt Moran’s classic kitchen garden in Sydney and New York’s buzzing green produce markets.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRHS garden projects : loads of fun things to make and do in the garden / [senior editors, Deborah Lock, Penny Smith and Carrie Love ; photographer, Will Heap.
“RHS Garden Projects is full of different projects for children to get excited about. From making their own garden buddy to baking a blueberry cheesecake; from lemonade lollies to Wild-West cacti. Each project and recipe is easy to make and has clear steps to follow. Beautiful photographs inspire children to make their own projects whilst bringing the garden to life – further proof that there’s so much fun to be had in their own back yard.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

 Syndetics book coverYates garden guide.
“Practical advice on all aspects of gardening: designing and planning your garden, preparing and maintaining your garden, organic gardening, water-saving gardens, gardening for kids, low-allergen gardens, pests, diseases and weeds, hundreds of handy hints from New Zealand’s leading gardeners, container gardening for courtyards.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUrban gardening for dummies / by Paul Simon, Charlie Nardozzi, and the editors of the National Gardening Association.
“This book helps you make the most of what you have in order to create an urban garden. Proven small-space gardening techniques will allow urban gardeners to maximize the use of their space, and get creative with gardens on building rooftops and balconies.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeeny tiny gardening : 35 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas for gardening in tiny spaces / Emma Hardy.
“35 fun and inspiring step-by-step projects for the small-scale gardener, from edible crops in pots and a child’s fairy garden to an elegant fern terrarium and brightly colored woven baskets.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGardening with free-range chickens for dummies / by Bonnie Jo Manion and Rob Ludlow.
“Home gardens can be great chicken habitats if designed well, and Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies provides a plain-English guide with step-by-step guidance for creating a gorgeous chicken-friendly landscape that helps the chickens and the garden thrive.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSmall garden handbook : making the most of your outdoor space / Andrew Wilson ; special photography, Steven Wooster.
“Expert garden designer Andrew Wilson guides you through the process of planning, planting and maintaining a small garden that will make you happy every time you step outside.” (Syndetics summary)

Recent Garden Picks

Here are some beautiful, shiny new additions to our gardening section.  There are a couple of standouts for me, notably Garden Rescue and Paradise Lot. I like the first because it is so practical and Paradise Lot because it shows that getting a permaculture setup and running can be quite simple and extremely rewarding – not to mention a positive way for people to feel more connected.

Syndetics book coverCreating your garden farm : how to grow fruit and vegetables and raise chickens and bees / Nicki Trench.
“If you dream of growing, harvesting and eating your own produce, here’s how to begin. Author Nicki Trench, who has created her own garden farm from scratch, shares with you everything there is to know about growing vegetables, fruit and herbs, including making your own compost, growing in raised beds and protecting your crops from pests and disease.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGarden plants & flowers in Australia / Ian Spence ; Australian consultants, Jennifer Wilkinson and Kevin Walsh.
“This is a comprehensive guide book and the one book gardeners will need as their easy reference to all of Australia’s garden plants and flowers. In this paperback edition, create a garden that looks wonderful all year round with this photographic guide, packed with all the information you need to help you choose the best plants for every season.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe beautiful edible garden : design a stylish outdoor space using vegetables, fruits, and herbs / Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner ; photography by David Fenton and Jill Rizzo ; floral arrangements by Studio Choo.
“A stylish, beautifully photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design. Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner are co-founders of Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focusing on aesthetic edible gardening. At Star Apple, they bring together ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture, working with both ornamental and edible plants to create integrated landscapes. A stylish, beautifully photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSmall garden handbook : making the most of your outdoor space / Andrew Wilson ; special photography, Steven Wooster.
“Expert garden designer Andrew Wilson guides you through the process of planning, planting and maintaining a small garden that will make you happy every time you step outside.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRHS garden projects : loads of fun things to make and do in the garden / [senior editors, Deborah Lock, Penny Smith and Carrie Love ; photographer, Will Heap].
“RHS Garden Projects is full of different projects for children to get excited about. From making their own garden buddy to baking a blueberry cheesecake; from lemonade lollies to Wild-West cacti, RHS Garden Projects is chock full of inspiring ideas.Beautiful photographs inspire children to make their own projects whilst bringing the garden to life – further proof that there’s so much fun to be had in their own back yard.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGarden rescue : first aid for plants and flowers / Jo Whittingham “Rescue remedies for your garden – if you need to know how to prevent everyday troubles from turning into gardening disasters, Garden Rescue will save the day. This “first aid manual” for your garden will help you identify, understand, and tackle a wide range of common problems, from poor fruit harvests and unruly trees and shrubs to preventing pests and diseases.Using anatomy guides, symptom flow charts, and plant clinics, you’ll solve any problem facing your fruit and veg patch or flower garden. You’ll learn what’s normal and what’s not, how to spot early warning signs of distress, and preventative measures to keep your plants healthy.Whether your wisteria is wilting or your fatsia isn’t flowering, Garden Rescue has hundreds of practical solutions so you can be your own garden medic.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe artist, the cook, and the gardener : recipes inspired by painting from the garden / Maryjo Koch ; photographs by Wendy Candelaria ; additional paintings by Jonathan Koch
“Great artists and great cooks have long been inspired by gardens and the many sensory gifts they provide. This connection between art, cooking, and the garden is celebrated in this cookbook by artist Maryjo Koch. The painter provides insight into her inspiration for her paintings of flowers, plants, and nature that comes from her studio garden. Her studio garden also provides the culinary toolbox for the delectable and visually beautiful feasts that she prepares for her family and friends.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover10 garden design principles / Susie White.
“A lovely garden can please the eye in the same way as a beautiful painting can, but the advantage of a garden is that it can also involve all the other senses. But what separates out an aesthetically pleasing garden from a simple field of plants and flowers?
In this book, the author sets out the ten principles for designing a garden. Whether you have a tiny plot of land or more than an acre, the areas outlined here give direction and provide inspiration to anyone creating a garden from scratch or redesigning an existing patch. Covering all aspects of garden design from planning its configuration, to the mixtures of heights and colours that will work together, to choosing the types of plants which allow the garden to transcend the seasons, experienced garden designer Susie White guides the way.”
(Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParadise lot : two plant geeks, one-tenth of an acre and the making of an edible garden oasis in the city / Eric Toensmeier ; with contributions from Jonathan Bates.
“When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a “permaculture paradise” replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa—all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. In telling the story ofParadise Lot, Toensmeier explains the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive permaculture garden,Paradise Lotis also a funny and charming story of two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

September Architecture Books

This selection of recent architecture books ranges from the first book ever published on new Auckland urban spaces, to an A – Z overview of architects; there are also themes from history to sustainability.

Syndetics book coverAuckland, new city spaces / design and production by Diana Curtis. “The first book ever published on new Auckland Urban Spaces,  featuring descriptions, plans and photographs of 16 major urban spaces in Auckland City -all which have made a positive contribution to the development of a new urban fabric for the City. Projects include; Queen Street, Aotea Square, Lorne Street, Auckland Art Gallery, Elliott & Darby Streets, St Patrick’s Square, Fort Street area, Britomart Precinct, Taurarua Judges Bay, Queen’s Wharf, Te Wero, Karanga Plaza, North Wharf, Jellicoe St, Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter Playspace, Victoria Skatepark & Victoria park Tunnel. Practices responsible for these areas include; Boffa Miskell, Architectus, Isthmus, Reset Urban Design, Ted Smythe & Associates, Cooper/Cheshire Architects, Taylor Cullity Lethlean/Wraight + Associates and Archimedia. This is an important book which all those interested in Auckland, urban spaces and urban planning should include in their collection.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArchitects from A to Z / Paul Cattermole, Simon Forty.
“From Alvar Aalto to Peter Zumthor, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century, this comprehensive overview introduces readers to the major names, schools and structures in the field of architecture. Each entry focuses on a seminal architect and one of their career-defining works. Arranged alphabetically, the book is easy to use, and the large superbly reproduced full-colour photographs allow one to examine the details of the buildings it celebrates.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuilding beauty : the alchemy of design / Michael S. Smith, with Christine Pittel ; foreword by Margaret Russell. “Richly informative, this is a visually stunning, indispensable guide to designing an unforgettable house, one decision at a time. Smith provides a complete, invaluable up-to-date design vocabulary that every homeowner and design aficionado is keen to know, from the initial renovation plans to the finishing details, indoors and out. Richly informative, this is a visually stunning, indispensable guide to designing an unforgettable house, one decision at a time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe solar house : pioneering sustainbale design / Anthony Denzer
“The Solar House explores the development of solar residential architecture over the course of the twentieth century and up to the latest designs today. The solar house is often understood as a product of the 1970s, and few people are aware of the influential experimental solar houses which were constructed during the previous four decades, beginning with the work of masters of twentieth-century architecture such as Richard Neutra, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Paolo Soleri, Louis Kahn, Pietro Belluschi, Edward Durell Stone, and Harwell Hamilton Harris, and continuing with more recent innovations.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWilliam Burges and the high Victorian dream / J. Mordaunt Crook.
“William Burges (1827-81) was arguably the greatest of all Victorian architects. But he was more than just the creator of a modest number of fabulous, and fabulously expensive, buildings. He dreamed of hundreds more, designed dozens, and in addition created some of the most remarkable furniture and jewellery of all time. He was an art-architect. Rich, clever, well connected and short lived, he was uncompromising, profoundly learned, skilled in every process of design and explosively inventive. A brilliant talker, pungent critic and hilarious companion, he was one of Victorian London’s great eccentrics and networkers, though he was bewitched by the Middle Ages. . His furniture, fabric and jewellery designs and his unrealised projects were also hugely influential, and the former are now enthusiastically collected. This book was a landmark in Victorian studies when first published in 1981 and is now completely revised and re-illustrated substantially in colour.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover1000 tips by 100 eco architects : guidelines on sustainable architecture from the world’s leading eco-architecture firms / Marta Serrats.
1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects shows how forward-thinking design and environmentally sound construction practices can create outstanding results. Coming from the world’s leading eco-architecture firms, these real-life projects demonstrate the pinnacle of progressive design and eco restraint. Working from the essential objectives of economy, sustainability, beauty and function, the 1000 ideas display a wide array of outcomes. Design plans illlustrate the concepts and captioned photographs display the results. Fully illustrated and featuring the highest standards of world eco architecture, This is a practical, inspiring and provocative reference ideal for anyone practicing or interested in architecture, environmental conservation and design.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)Syndetics book cover
Designing with black : architecture & interiors / Stephen Crafti.“A collection of designs showcasing black houses – this book is daring, dramatic and full of inspirational ideas. Stephen Crafti has always been drawn to black houses, irrespective of the materials they are constructed in. Unlike most houses, which scream for attention, black houses sit quietly, accentuating the often-verdant landscape. There is also a sense of calm and tranquillity with a black home.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArchitecture on the carpet : the curious tale of construction toys and the genesis of modern buildings / Brenda and Robert Vale ; with 111 illustrations, 97 in colour.This entertaining and intriguing book explores the host of connections linking the model-building toys of the modern period with architectural movements, social history, and national identities and myths. Brenda and Robert Vale investigate not only how model sets have reflected different building styles, both historic and contemporary, but also whether the toys themselves influenced the subsequent careers of the children who grew up playing with them. A wealth of illustrations support their case. The authors show how the famous prefabricated engineered aesthetic of Meccano does seem to have influenced some notable architects, though they question whether an early experience of Arkitex necessarily engendered a love of high-rise offices. They draw out novel connections between model-railway buildings and modernism; model sets such as Castos and reinforced concrete housing; and even between the creative but slightly surreal Playplax and postmodern deconstructivist architecture. Informative, opinionated and ranging across more than a century of toys and architectural trends, this book imparts an infectious nostalgia for these wonderful toys, many of them vintage classics.” (Syndetics summary)

How to Knit a Friend

Last year I happened to see this really cool book on our display…

Syndetics book coverKnitted dolls / Arne [Nerjordet] & Carlos [Zachrison]. “These knitted versions of themselves are so hilarious and scarily accurate. It was too much to resist and I had to take up the challenge being a bit of a mad knitter and willing to give almost anything a go! Luckily I had all the colours I needed in my ‘stash bags’ and after much deliberation with my daughter chose which of the gorgeous dolls to make.

SisselHer name is ‘Sissel’. It was easy to follow the instructions to start with, until I got to turning the ankles. Then, for some reason I ended up getting all confused and gave poor Sissel two left feet! Still, it doesn’t seem to matter much overall to her appearance and I don’t think she’ll be going out dancing anytime soon… I hope! (queue creepy music). And here she is! Isn’t she cute? My daughter just loves her. There are also lots and lots of gorgeous patterns for their dolls’ clothes so now we have to start dressing her.” (Ellie, Newtown Branch Library)

Check out Arne amd Carlos’s other books too:

Syndetics book cover55 Christmas balls to knit : colourful festive ornaments, tree decorations, centrepieces, wreaths, window decorations / Arne [Nerjordet] & Carlos [Zachrison] ; [translation by Carol Huebscher Rhoades].

Syndetics book coverEaster knits / Arne & Carlos.

Gardening Recent Picks

Once again we have a selection of gardening books that cover a spectrum of topics. From personal cultivation odyssys, histories of landmark horticultural events, plant breeding, foraging, and practical advice on how to get your garden thriving. There could be something in this selection to interest anyone who loves plants.

Syndetics book coverGardening in a changing climate : inspirational and practical ideas for creating sustainable, waterwise and dry gardens with projects, garden plans and more than 400 photographs / Ambra Edwards ; with special photography by Lynn Keddie.The approach of this new book is the garden styles of nine regions which have always dealt superbly with heat, drought, and water shortage: the Italian Garden, the Islamic Garden, the Patio Garden, the Mediterranean Garden, the Gravel Garden, the Desert Garden, the Bush Garden, the Flowering Desert and the Jungle Garden. This is a critical read for any gardener, offering a practical and inspirational insight into the classic gardens defined by sunshine, humidity and lack of water that will inform the gardens of tomorrow.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThis organic life : confessions of a suburban homesteader / Joan Dye Gussow.
“Joan Dye Gussow lives in a home not unlike the average home in a neighborhood that is, more or less, typically suburban. What sets her apart from the rest of us is that she thinks more deeply, and in more eloquent detail, about food.  At the heart of This Organic Life is the premise that locally grown food eaten in season makes sense economically, ecologically, and gastronomically. You won’t find an electric can opener in this woman’s house. In fact, you probably won’t find many cans, as Joan has discovered ways to nourish herself, literally and spiritually, from her own backyard. If you are looking for a tale of courage and independence in a setting that is entirely familiar, read her story.”(Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBackyard foraging : 65 familiar plants you didn’t know you could eat / Ellen Zachos. “Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods.  Full-colour photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should never harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPlant breeding for the home gardener : how to create unique vegetables & flowers / Joseph Tychonievich.
“Gardeners have been  creating unique vegetables for centuries, simply by saving seed of the varieties that tasted or performed best. By following the advice in Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener you’ll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program; the ins and outs of genetics (in non-technical language!); how to pick the best parent plants; how to cross-pollinate; the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers; and how to harvest and store seed. In no time at all, you’ll be producing a tastier tomato, a perkier pepper, or a more ravishing rose!” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverTeaming with nutrients : the organic gardener’s guide to optimizing plant nutrition / Jeff Lowenfels.
“In easy-to-understand language, Jeff Lowenfels illuminates the science behind plant nutrition and offers 100 percent organic recommendations on what to feed plants, including fertilizer recipes tailored to specific kinds of plants. Teaming with Nutrients is sure to open your eyes to the importance of understanding the role of nutrients in healthy, productive organic gardens.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverGardening for geeks : DIY tests, gadgets, & techniques that utilize microbiology, mathematics, and ecology to exponentially maximize the yield of your garden / Christy Wilhelmi. “With Gardening for Geeks, you’ll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. From analyzing meteorological patterns in order to plant productive beds to experimenting with the carbon and nitrogen levels in your soil, this book will teach you all about the developments and chemical reactions that occur at each phase of growth and how you can alter your planting techniques to construct the most thriving, productive garden possible.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverMy garden and other animals / Mike Dilger ; illustrations by Christina Holvey. “,Mike has long had a desire to own and manage his own personal garden nature reserve. Mike and Christina saw the potential in their new rural town ‘house-and-garden-to-be’ with its long, uncared-for lawn which ran down to a tree-covered bank revealing at its base a small, tinkling stream. So begins their year-long journey to create their very own wildlife sanctuary. This light-hearted, amusing narrative will appeal to anyone interested in quirky nature tales with a twist, and wildlife enthusiasts generally.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverRHS Chelsea Flower Show : a centenary celebration / Brent Elliott. “For one hundred years, RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been the annual event in the world of horticulture. This is the essential centenary souvenir, and an enduring look at what makes Chelsea special. Royal Horticultural Society insider Brent Elliott explains how the show has grown and changed, how it is has formed part of the social calendar and how the nation’s taste in garden design and planting has been reflected and shaped by Chelsea over the years.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe man who plants trees / Jim Robbins.This is an extraordinary book about trees. Trees and forests are far more than just plants: they have myriad functions that help maintain the atmosphere and biosphere. The global forest is also in crisis, and when the oldest trees in the world suddenly start dying – across North America, Europe, the Amazon – it’s time to pay attention. At the heart of this remarkable exploration of the power of trees is the amazing story of one man, a shade tree farmer named David Milarch, and his quest to clone the oldest and largest trees – from the California redwoods to the oaks of Ireland – to protect the ancient genetics and use them to reforest the planet.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverA gardener’s guide to bulbs / Christine Skelmersdale ; [foreword by Alan Titchmarsh].Bulbs are always a delight for gardeners, whether used to burst freely in drifts or caught to add color and exuberance within a border or container. This book captures that sense of joy by celebrating the potential of bulbs throughout the year. It gives practical advice on choosing and growing bulbs, including how and where to grow, and planting for succession. It provides a detailed listing of the most common and interesting bulbs, ideas for the ordinary gardener, and includes detailed reference for the more experienced.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverSucculents simplified : growing, designing, and crafting with 100 easy-care varieties / Debra Lee Baldwin. “A complete primer on choosing, growing and designing with succulents. Along with gorgeous photos packed with design ideas, Debra offers her top 100 plant picks and explains how to grow and care for succulents no matter where you live. Step-by-step projects, including a cake-stand centerpiece, special-occasion bouquets, a vertical garden, and a succulent topiary sphere, will inspire you to express your individual style.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

New Gardening books for June

This month we have books covering visual histories of beautiful gardens  and those teaching design principles. Enjoying your garden means engaging the senses  and finding natural pleasurable ways to get things done.  For a bit of fun learn what attracts birds to your garden, build a  treehouse  or garden in your pyjamas.

Syndetics book coverLandprints : the landscape designs of Bernard Trainor / by Susan Heeger ; photography by Jason Liske and Marion Brenner.
“Australian-born landscape designer Bernard Trainor has made it his life’s work to capture the wild soul of his adopted home of Northern California.  Across airy hilltops, craggy seasides, and other one-of-a-kind tracts, Trainor applies simple, understated frames to rugged natural panoramas, the better to bring them into focus. His understated yet powerful landscapes draw inspiration from local plants, regional history, and the contours of the site. Designed to engage all of the senses—the sound of water, the smell of sage—Trainor’s gardens create sensory memories that foster a deep connection to the land.Landprintsshowcases ten of his most ambitious and inspiring gardens through gorgeous photography and detailed project descriptions.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverOrganic gardening : the natural no-dig way / Charles Dowding.
“Bob Flowerdew’s Organic Gardening Bible” is a comprehensive and invaluable guide to gardening in a more natural, sustainable and pleasurable way. Bob has been gardening organically for over 30 years – he knows all there is to know – and he packs this book with advice, top tips, the best varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables and more, in a typically no-nonsense, practical and anecdotal way. He explains how to get rid of pests and diseases but encourage beneficial wildlife, how to manage weeds, how to grow for flavour and quality using the easiest means and how to plan your garden so that it looks beautiful and runs efficiently throughout the year. This book is a must for organic gardening novices and experts alike.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe elegant garden : architecture and landscape of the world’s finest gardens / Johann Kräftner. 
“Ambitious in scope and lavishly illustrated, this book surveys every period in garden design and landscape architecture, from classical antiquity and the medieval cloisters to the latest trends in modern design.  From the Roman gardens at Hadrian’s villa to the modern work of landscape architects, historical and contemporary gardens are showcased with special attention to the relationship between gardens and houses.  This gorgeously photographed book will captivate travelers and garden admirers alike, and will inspire gardeners themselves with fresh ideas for design, horticulture, and use.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverVeg street : grow your own community / Naomi Schillinger.
 “A few years ago, Naomi Schillinger got together with her neighbours to start a community gardening scheme. Today, they live in a street in which no less than 100 residents have turned their front gardens over to growing their own fruit and veg: lettuces, leeks and beetroot in raised beds, teepees billowing with sweet peas and runner beans, rhubarb by the door… Whether you live in a rented flat with a window box, a house with a front garden – if you have access to a bit of pavement or decide to reclaim some unloved or forgotten corner – there will be ideas in this book which will encourage you to have a go at growing your own fruit and veg (and flowers) throughout the year; and, in so doing, create your own mini Eden” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover10 principles of garden design
“A lovely garden can please the eye in the same way as a beautiful painting can, but the advantage of a garden is that it can also involve all the other senses. Covering all aspects of garden design from planning its configuration, to the mixtures of heights and colours that will work together, to choosing the types of plants which allow the garden to transcend the seasons, experienced garden designer Susie White guides the way. 10 Principles of Garden Design provides an introduction to the field for students planning to study garden design or beginning gardeners.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverA practical illustrated guide to attracting & feeding garden birds : the complete books of bird feeders, bird tables, birdbaths, nest boxes and backyard birdwatching / Jen Green.
“Birds are a delight in the garden, not only for their beauty and birdsong, but also because they eat many harmful garden pests. This book contains a wealth of feeding ideas for backyard birds, from seeds, grains and peanuts to fruits, suet cakes and fat balls, and suggestions for the best flowers, shrubs, hedges and trees to plant to encourage birds into the garden.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverGardening from the ground up : getting started with edible gardens / [published by Penguin Books]. 
“Easy steps to homegrown happiness . Growing your own food is an incredibly satisfying way to get fresh ingredients on your table. But it can be daunting knowing where to start. . Gardening from the Ground Up is the down-to-earth guide to starting and maintaining an edible garden.”(Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverEasy organic gardening and moon planting / Lyn Bagnall.
“Organic gardening leaves your patch of earth in a better condition than you found it by working with nature rather than against it. A practicable and better alternative to chemical-dependent and environmentally unsustainable cultivation practices, organic gardening prevents soil damage, and results in more nutritious food, and fewer contaminated waterways and poison-resistant pests.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe vegetable patch : tips and advice for growing your own / Isobel Carlson.
“Get inspired to grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs with this practical and accessible guide to seasonal edible planting. Find out when to plant runner beans, where best to store your produce and how to make cider from your apple harvest. With diary pages for recording your own notes, this pocket-sized companion is an indispensable piece of gardening kit for the green-fingered – homemade produce has never tasted so good.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverKeep out! : build your own backyard clubhouse / Lee Mothes.
“With this guide in hand, any family can easily build their own customized backyard playhouse, clubhouse, treehouse, or fort. Charming designs and illustrations make the process fun, and step-by-step instructions ensure success. Lee Mothes covers everything you need to know, whether you have previous building experience or not. Youll love building a clubhouse with your kids, and your kids will love playing in it for years to come” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverGardening in your pyjamas : horticultural enlightenment for obsessive dawn raiders / Helen Yemm.
“This is the perfect book for you if you are one of the many people who feel that gardening could be your ultimate pleasure if only you knew just that little bit more about it. Helen Yemm manages to strike a happy balance between giving you enough information to get you going and not so much that it scares you or puts you off entirely. She dispenses invaluable advice, minus the mumbo jumbo, with refreshing humour and a clear understanding that not everyone has the wherewithal, in terms of time and finances, to spend every possible moment in the garden.” (Adapted Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe good life : four glorious seasons in my country garden / Sarah O’Neil.
“Four glorious seasons in a Kiwi country garden: ‘Discovering how to be a country bumpkin and rub off some of that city-slicker shine has been an interesting journey with a lot of learning things the hard way and definitely a lot of laughter, hard work and a whole lot of fun. But the best part is we now have a flourishing veggie garden supplying most of our vegetable wants and needs. Life couldn’t be more perfect.”(Syndetics Summary)