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Summer Reading 2021 Home & Garden Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Summer 2021 here.

Jungalow: Decorate Wild by Justina Blakeney

Blakeney is a designer known for her gorgeous mix of color, print, plants, and textiles, all of which are kicked up a notch in her new book, Jungalow: Decorate Wild. I love the big, bold, and free-spirited style in these pages and really appreciate Blakeney’s advice about how to find design inspiration from your own heritage and travels. “Jungalow style” is about creating spaces that feel welcoming, connect with nature, and are filled with joy, and this beautiful book will help you do that in your own home. — S.B.

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$40.00
ISBN: 9781419747052
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 6th, 2021

Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast by Jennifer Jewell

No one captures the essence of place quite like Jennifer Jewell. In Under Western Skies, we can take a tour through some of the preeminent gardens of the American West, feeling the awe at the natural beauty and at the ingenuity of the landscaping people have created, so well done that it allows us at times to lose sense of the transition between the two. Under Western Skies captivates, inspires, and swells the soul. — Kalina 

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By Jennifer Jewell, Caitlin Atkinson (Photographs by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781604699999
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Published: Timber Press - May 11th, 2021

Design the Home You Love: Practical Styling Advice to Make the Most of Your Space by Lee Mayer & Emily Motayed

If you’re a fan of fresh, beautiful design, especially on a budget (think: Target-style), then this new book from the founders of the online interior design company Havenly will hit the mark. Believing that good design should be accessible to everyone, Mayer and Motayed have written a room-by-room guidebook, encouraging readers to find our own style (from Parisian modern to California casual). They then showcase the design decisions and “room recipes” to develop that look without breaking the bank. A great mix of practical advice and inspirational design. — S.B.

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Design the Home You Love: Practical Styling Advice to Make the Most of Your Space [An Interior Design Book] Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781984856616
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Published: Ten Speed Press - May 4th, 2021

Get Up and Grow by Lucy Hutchings

Yes, this book includes all the basic information about choosing a plant, watering, and picking the medium to grow the plant. Yes, it has a detailed directory of plants and lush photographs. But the book’s real draw is its inspired projects. You can learn to grow a whole herb garden from cuttings of herbs bought at the grocery store! If you haven’t jumped on the quarantine houseplant bandwagon yet, this is the book to get you started. — Celeste 

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Get Up and Grow: 20 edible gardening projects for both indoors and outdoors, from She Grows Veg Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781784883928
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hardie Grant - May 11th, 2021

Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias by Erin Benzakein

The latest in Floret Farm’s fabulous series, Discovering Dahlias is a reference to turn to again and again to expand your dahlia garden. It has information on growing, harvesting, storing, propagating, and even hybridizing dahlias, as well as a cultivar guide and variety finder. And if you are more interested in being saturated with the flowers than you are in growing them, you have a 200-page photographic feast of gorgeous florals! — Kalina 

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Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms Cover Image
By Erin Benzakein, Julie Chai (With), Chris Benzakein (By (photographer)), Jill Jorgensen (With)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452181752
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 9th, 2021

The New Heirloom Garden by Ellen Ecker Ogden

Ogden’s terrific book is likely to convince any gardener to grow heirloom plants rather than fill their yards with generic varieties. The New Heirloom Garden is filled with excellent advice and information about planning and maintaining a garden, and Ogden seamlessly works in the multitude of reasons why heirloom fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers are so important— including protecting biodiversity, preserving history, and for their fantastic flavor. This beautiful book also includes 12 different garden designs, and the second half is devoted to recipes using an heirloom garden’s bounty. — S.B.

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The New Heirloom Garden: Designs, Recipes, and Heirloom Plants for Cooks Who Love to Garden Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781635650839
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Rodale Books - February 2nd, 2021

We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy by Natalie Baszile

“Black, brown and tan hands in dark rich loamy soil or in sandy shoals have been a part of the agricultural life of this country since its inception. Yet, all too often, the stories of African American farmers have remained unharvested. In We Are Each Other’s Harvest, Natalie Baszile reaps a bounty of tales and shares them along with photographs, history, poetry, and more. This is a must-have volume for anyone who reveres that land and those who work it.”  — Jessica B. Harris, PhD, culinary historian

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062932563
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Published: Amistad - April 6th, 2021

The Spanish Style House Photographs by Melba LevickText by Rubén Mendoza

Arched doorways, colorful tiles, wood-beamed ceilings, white plaster walls, and indoor-outdoor living are all hallmarks of my favorite architectural style, celebrated here in The Spanish Style House. Photographer Melba Levick and writer, archaeologist, and photographer Rubén G. Mendoza (of Seaside) team up to capture the incredible beauty of this architecture, portraying a range from historic houses to contemporary homes. It is such a treat to live vicariously through the pages of this gorgeous book. — S.B.

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By Melba Levick (Photographs by), Ruben G. Mendoza (Text by)
$55.00
ISBN: 9780847865161
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Rizzoli - March 30th, 2021

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