What’s New in the Library in April

Artists throughout the ages have taken inspiration from the natural world around them. Have you ever tried your hand at recreating botanical images in your sketchbook, or perhaps on canvas? The beautiful book Botany for the Artist may inspire you to attempt it, and it is newly available for borrowing at the PHS McLean Library.

Read about this fun book, and a few more favorites below. To borrow a book or DVD, copy and paste the book titles into this request form. Be sure to include your contact information and PHS membership number.

Botany for the Artist
Sarah Simblet; Dorling Kindersley

Botany for the Artist teaches readers in step-by-step illustrations and expert narrative instruction how to master the art of drawing plants. Page after page of beautiful, detailed photographs complement Sarah Simblet s illustrations showing how an understanding of botany really helps you to draw plants; drawing classes provide a wealth of practical how-to advice; and pages from Sarah’s own sketchbooks as well as inspirational master classes reveal how other artists-from 17th century masters to contemporary botanical illustrators-have portrayed plants throughout the years. This lavishly illustrated book will not only be the definitive guide for those wishing to master the art of drawing plants, but a sumptuous gift book for all those passionate about plants and how they are portrayed in art.

The Polytunnel Book
Joyce Russell; Ben Russell

The resurgence in home food production has generated a dramatic increase of interest in growing under cover. The season is far longer (year-round for salads and some vegetables) and you can grow exciting fruit and vegetables that aren’t viable outdoors. Thanks to the polytunnel, covered growing is now available to all. And sales of polytunnels are burgeoning, as gardeners and allotment-holders realize that they could be growing more food (and more exotic food) on a smaller plot, whatever the weather outside is doing. The Polytunnel Book is the first comprehensive, practical illustrated guide to polytunnel gardening, for both beginners and experienced gardeners.

Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City
Leslie Day; Trudy Smoke

Imagine an urban oasis with hundreds of thousands of trees and whose mayor wants to plant a million more. That sylvan place is New York City, and this is a guide to the diverse trees that line its streets. Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City acquaints New Yorkers and visitors alike with fifty species of trees commonly found in the neighborhoods where people live, work, and travel. Beautiful, original drawings of leaves and stunning photographs of bark, fruit, flower, and twig accompany informative descriptions of each species. Detailed maps of the five boroughs identify all of the city’s neighborhoods, and specific addresses pinpoint where to find a good example of each tree species.

Wangari’s Trees of Peace – Jeanette Winter

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something—and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans… This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.

These are just a few of the titles that are new in the library!