From his own television program, P. Allen Smith Garden Home, and appearances on the Today show to the many publications in which he has shared a love of gardening, P. Allen Smith is widely recognized for both a green thumb and a skilled hand at weaving together home and garden in new and delightful ways.
If you never read a word of the text in his new book, the color photos alone will leave you wanting more from your garden. The seasonal projects are plentiful: Spring suggests salad sprouts and armfuls of daffodils; in summer, try tying up a clever hyacinth bean vine trellis or lighting the night with a twilight planter; autumn means apple-tasting and gourd garlands; and winter is an opportunity for a wildlife garden party.
The book has more than 50 projects, and many of them are child-friendly. Smith’s easygoing, first-person narrative style creates the down-home mood of an annual journal, yet the instructions are clear, detailed and well organized.
He writes, “I grow plants for food and for pleasure. One nourishes my body, the other my soul. I need both to feel complete.” This book is about bringing those two reasons together, thoughtfully and with grace.
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