The Water Saving Garden by Pam Penick


The Water-Saving Garden: How To Grow A Gorgeous Garden With A Lot Less Water, written by Pam Penick is a great guide to help the gardener who wants to have a water saving garden instead of a water guzzler. This book gives great information on how to plan your garden to make it more water friendly. Some of the authors suggestions are to have a rain garden or terraced garden. She also describes the difference between a making a berm to hold water and making a swale, or shallow gully, to collect water runoff. Other suggestions are to plant native plants and to get ride of the lawn by replacing the grass with sand or other hard surfaces that do not need water.

In addition to giving information on how to make your yard more water-saving, the author gives information on over 100 plant that are water saving plants. This list included plants from almost all regions.

Being an avid gardener I am always trying to find ways to save myself work in the gardening process. I thought this book was interesting to read. I wasn’t really looking to conserve water, I was looking for ideas to make my gardens self sustaining so I do not have to spend as much time on them. I think this book is good for that purpose as well as conserving water. I especially like that the author contained a part specifically listing the different types of perennials an annuals. Anyone that likes to have a nice yard but does not want to be tied to tending it constantly would benefit from reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books for an honest review.

240 pages

ISBN-10: 1607747936

ISBN-13: 978-1607747932

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar


The Flower Workshop is an awesome book written by Ariella Chezar. Ariella teaches us how to put together many different beautiful flower arrangements. She teaches us the basics of what tools to use, how to cut and prepare the flowers and other items used in the arrangements. As well as the important information needed to make the arrangement look perfect in color, texture and proportion. She uses more than just flowers in her bouquets. I have never seen strawberries in an arrangement before but they add just the right punch of color.

The book covers a lot more than making arrangements. It covers making handheld bouquets, including cascading bridal bouquets. Instructions include the wrapping and ribbons details for bouquets and boutonniere. The book also shows how to make flower crowns, chandelier crowns, fruit garlands, wreaths and even a marigold curtain.

The book also gives suggestions of alternate flowers and a seasonal flower guide with lists of flowers in various seasons.

I love this book! The book is sturdy hardcover book that will stand up to being read over and over again. The information is so well written and the photos are so beautiful. There are so many arrangement possibilities shown in this book. Some of them look so elegant that they look like they took days to make. But the instructions are so easy to follow. I received this book earlier today and just could not wait to spend time look and dreaming of all the possibilities there are to make the home look artfully decorated. If you like to have floral arrangements in your home, this book is a must. If you have a wedding in your future, this book is a must. It is just great.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

256 pages

ISBN-10: 1607747650

ISBN-13: 978-1607747659

Publisher: Ten Speed Press