Gardening

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PIG: A NATURAL HISTORY

Written by Lutwyche, Richard
A comprehensive, richly illustrated introduction to the fascinating natural history of the pig, from prehistory to the present
October 1, 2019 | Hardcover | Princeton University Press |
$27.95

NICOLE DE VESIAN: GARDENS: MODERN DESIGN IN PROVENCE

After a career as a designer working for such great design houses as Hermès, Nicole de Vésian (1916–96) moved to Provence and created her first garden. On the narrow terraces around her home, de Vésian designed her own masterpiece in a minimal but far from austere style, composed mainly of heathland plants (varieties of thyme, lavender, rosemary, rockrose and box tree), in which she pruned all her plants to cushion shapes of varying yet superbly proportioned sizes, resulting in a breathtaking scene. Her gardens soon inspired gardeners and landscapers around the world. Today, few gardens have been imitated as readily as those of de Vésian. Her most notable garden is La Louve, which is her garden in Bonnieux, a French hilltop village in the Luberon area of Provence. Nicole de Vésian: Gardens is an up-to-date edition of de Vésian’s bestselling 2011 monograph, with a new postface describing de Vésian's influence on the art of gardening. In general, the publication acts as a tribute to de Vésian and her life. Her close friend, acclaimed garden historian Louisa Jones (The Garden Visitor’s Companion), shares her own thoughts on the work of this atypical creator, accompanied by accounts from her friends and pupils: Christian Lacroix, the nursery owner Jean-Marie Rey, the landscape artists Arnaud Maurières, Éric Ossart and Marc Nucera, as well as the garden historians Roy Strong and John Brookes. As Louisa Jones writes, de Vésian "has a feeling for space like musicians have a feeling for music."De Vésian created gardens by studying the region, its plants, its light and its agricultural traditions
July 16, 2019 | Hardcover | Actes Sud |
$39.00

JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL: THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: NOTES ON THE HIDDEN MEANINGS OF THE LOUVRE'S FLOWERS

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre pyramid, French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel was invited to create a work about the presence of flowers in the museum's eight art departments. Visiting the Louvre’s collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, embroidery and enamel, the artist photographed the flowers that appeared there. Using these images, Othoniel composed his own original herbarium, accompanied with notes on the secret language of flowers and their symbolism in the history of art. Among the 70 flowers Othoniel compiled in this volume, you will find the thistle in Dürer's self-portrait, the poppy in the Paros funerary stele, the apple sitting on a stool in The Lock by Fragonard and the peony attached to the unfastened blouse of the young woman in Greuze's Broken Pitcher. Also included are lesser-known details in lesser-known works―concealed treasures, hiding in plain sight at the museum. Following a similar format to Othoniel’s previous book about flowers, this volume intersperses photographs and drawings with short texts in a luxurious, eminently giftable book. Once an attendant at the Louvre while studying at the École des Beaux-Arts, Othoniel returns to his artistic roots in this volume to offer a personal, poetic look at the artistic wonders of the greatest museum in the world. An intimate herbarium of flowers in the collection of the Louvre
July 23, 2019 | Hardcover | Actes Sud |
$35.00
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FUNGIPEDIA: A BRIEF COMPENDIUM OF MUSHROOM LORE

Written by Millman, Lawrence
An illustrated mini-encyclopedia of fungal lore, from John Cage and Terrence McKenna to mushroom sex and fairy rings
October 29, 2019 | Hardcover | Princeton University Press |
$16.95

NATURE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL: HOW LIVING BEINGS EVOLVED AND MADE THE EARTH A HOME

Written by Ziegler, Christian
In this rich, wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated volume, Egbert Leigh explores the results of billions of years of evolution at work. Leigh, who has spent five decades on Panama’s Barro Colorado Island reflecting on the organization of various amazingly diverse tropical ecosystems, now shows how selection on “selfish genes” gives rise to complex modes of cooperation and interdependence. With the help of such artists as the celebrated nature photographer Christian Ziegler, natural history illustrator Deborah Miriam Kaspari, and Damond Kyllo, Leigh explains basic concepts of evolutionary biology, ranging from life’s single-celled beginnings to the complex societies humans have formed today. The book covers a range of topics, including adaptation, competition, mutualism, heredity, natural selection, sexual selection, genetics, and language. Leigh’s reflections on evolution, competition, and cooperation show how the natural world becomes even more beautiful when viewed in the light of evolution.In this rich, wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated volume, Egbert Leigh explores the results of billions of years of evolution at work. Leigh, who has spent five decades on Panama's Barro Colorado Island reflecting on the organization of various amazingly diverse tropical ecosystems, now shows how selection on "selfish genes" gives rise to complex modes of cooperation and interdependence.
August 20, 2019 | Hardcover | Yale University Press |
$28.00

SHARK DRUNK: THE ART OF CATCHING A LARGE SHARK FROM A TINY RUBBER DINGHY IN A BIG OCEAN

Written by Stroksnes, Morten
A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean The Lofoten archipelago, just North of the Arctic Circle, is a place of unsurpassed beauty--the skyline spikes with dramatic peaks; the radiant greens and purples of the Northern Lights follow summers where the sun never sets.
June 27, 2017 | Hardcover | Knopf Publishing Group | 320 Pages |
$26.95

BAWA: THE SRI LANKA GARDENS

Written by Robson, David
The work of architect Geoffrey Bawa achieved a unique fusion of vernacular style and modern construction incorporating the lush tropical landscape of his native Sri Lanka. Although his architectural work and its influence have been well documented, less attention has been paid to his work on gardens.
June 6, 2017 | Paperback | Thames & Hudson | 176 Pages |
$29.95

HOUR OF LAND: A PERSONAL TOPOGRAPHY OF AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS

Written by Williams, Terry Tempest
Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for ExcellenceA Washington Post Notable Book of the Year
July 3, 2017 | Paperback | Picador USA | 416 Pages |
$18.00

WARBLERS AND OTHER SONGBIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA: A LIFE-SIZE GUIDE TO EVERY SPECIES

Written by Sterry, Paul
A stunning full-color photographic field guide of 285 species of North American songbirds and warblers, captured in glorious life-sized detail and featuring concise descriptions, location maps, and useful facts for both experienced birdwatchers and armchair ornithologists alike.
May 16, 2017 | Hardcover | Harper Design | 352 Pages |
$29.99

OXFORD BOTANIC GARDEN & ARBORETUM: A BRIEF HISTORY

Written by Harris, Stephen A
The Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest surviving botanic garden in Britain, occupying the same location in central Oxford since 1621. Designed as a nursery for growing medicinal plants amid the turmoil of the civil war, and nurtured through the restoration of the monarchy, it has, perhaps unsurprisingly, a curious past.
October 15, 2017 | Paperback | Bodleian Library | 144 Pages |
$25.00

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