Omni Daily Crush: "The Big Orange Splot"

As a kid, I was blessed with a marvelous picture-book library (mostly due to the generosity of my children's librarian aunt). My best-loved volumes live on in my living room, where I enjoy sharing them with wee guests. But I recently became aware of a gap in my collection--I had...

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Omni Daily Crush: "The Jewel Box Garden"

In my very first Omnivoracious post (“Best Way to Make a Garden? Make a Garden Library”), I talked about how I'd populated my garden with plants I'd fallen in love with in books. Truthfully, it was more lust than love that drove me to plant a lot of what now...

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Omni Daily Crush: "Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities"

I'm a plant geek, so I took a little vacation last week to Vancouver Island, where I spent three days at a gardening conference, immersed in spectacular slide shows (hortporn, as we plant geeks cheekily call it), taking diligent notes on the choicest garden specimens, and visiting the most beautiful...

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Oh, Those Wicked, Wicked Plants: A Conversation with Amy Stewart

Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart might be more accurately described as a brilliant "bestiary," so lively and alive are the rogues, assassins, and ne'er-do-wells of this expertly conceived tome. Just out today, Wicked Plants includes etchings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs and illustrations by Jonathon Rosen. The...

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Best Books of April: How Kate Morton's Forgotten Garden Grew

My second pick for the Best of April, Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden, completely overran my imagination during the time it took me to consume its nearly 700 pages (which, in case you wondered, was one rare sunny weekend I devoted to sitting outside and submerging myself in the book...

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Garden Library Profile #3: Gayla Trail

The first book I always recommend to crafty gals who've been seized by gardening fever is You Grow Girl, Gayla Trail's hip yet completely unpretentious guide to organic gardening. It's the physical counterpart to her fantastically informative blog of the same name, which she started in 2000 and has grown...

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Garden Library Profile #2: Amy Stewart

It gives me giddy pleasure to present the next installment in my garden library series: highlights from the shelves of one of my favorite garden writers, Amy Stewart. Back when I was taking my first stabs at planting, Amy's witty and informative memoir of making her first garden, From the...

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The Best of Willi Galloway's Garden Library

Last week, I introduced a new Omnivoracious series, aiming to arm readers with the best books to make the gardens we envision. I'm asking my favorite writers, renegade nursery people, horticulturalists, plant explorers, bloggers, and obsessive gardeners from across the gardening world to profile the best of their personal libraries,...

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Best Way to Make a Garden? Make a Garden Library.

This morning when I left the house, I looped through my garden, spending a few minutes feeding the fish and admiring a ruby-throated hummingbird that sipped the salvias (miraculously still in bloom). It was sunrise, and everything glowed. Silvery grasses stirred. A block away, a bus rumbled by, and folks...

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