If you’ve never been by the PHS McLean Library, you absolutely must! The library has books, magazines, and movies to pique the interest of any gardening or horticulture enthusiast. And since it is a horticulture-specific library, it carries tons of books that your local library probably doesn’t. PHS members can take out books anytime.
Whether you are new to the library or you are a McLean regular, check out the books that are new to the library this May! Here are some we are particularly excited about:
An Illustrated Guide to Pruning – Edward F. Gilman
Well written and easy to understand, An Illustrated Guide to Pruning, Third Edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the pruning and maintenance of trees. Filled with updated illustrations, photographs, and examples, this completely updated guide is designed to help readers understand and implement the appropriate pruning practices that are vital to developing sustainable structure in the first 25 years of a tree’s life.
Gardening Vertically – Noémie Vialard; Patrick Blanc
Gardening was limited to growing climbing plants on walls and trellises, but it has been completely transformed in recent years through the impetus of Patrick Blanc, who invented the concept of the Vertical Garden, also known as the Mur Végétal, or Green Wall. Since then, many new developments have appeared (ready-made walls, small garden scenes, etc.). These are all techniques that Noé mie Vialard presents in this book, paying particular attention to her friend Patrick Blanc’s concept and featuring the wall of aromatic plants he designed especially for her. Step-by-step photographs guide you through the different stages in the development of a wall like this for personal enjoyment. Following are twenty-four different ideas for vertical garden compositions, each beautifully rendered in Dominique Klecka’s illustrations with simple instructions to help you to create and maintain it yourself.
Writing the Garden – Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Gardening, more than most outdoor activities, has always attracted a cult of devotedly literate practitioners; people who like to dig, it would appear, also like to write. And many of them write exceedingly well. In this thoughtful, personal, and embracing consideration of garden writing, garden historian Elizabeth Barlow Rogers selects and discusses the best of these writers. She makes her case by picking delightful examples that span two centuries, arranging the writers by what they did and how they saw themselves: nurserymen, foragers, conversationalists, philosophers, humorists, etc.