Herbs!


Herbs!
Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects
by Judy Lowe

192 pages
Cool Springs Press, 2011
List price: $19.95





Books on edibles - both growing them and preparing them – abound, but here’s one of a different nature. Herbs! by Judy Lowe is a collection of ideas for gardeners who want to grow herbs, but it’s also a book for those who don’t actually grow herbs themselves. Most herbs are edible, of course, but they’re also highly prized for their aromatic qualities and Lowe gives many ideas for using them in this way, too.

The information is slotted into appropriate chapters according to the theme of the garden growing a particular herb, along with beautiful illustrations and photographs. But many herbs fit into many categories, so to get a complete picture of a particular herb's characteristics, you'll want to check out each garden description. In addition, those clever folks at Cool Springs Press have color-coded (green!) the pages in the middle that contain concise plant descriptions for more than 45 herbs. It’s a scrapbook of sorts, and a testament to the versatility of herbs.

Beginning with basic facts, all the way through the various themed gardens described in the bulk of the book, to the reference and source material at the end, this is a book that gardeners who grow herbs already and those who have a desire to grow them will put to good use. It’s also a book for which the index is a necessity, so as to not miss finding nuggets of inspiration for each particular herb.

Judy Lowe has had a lifelong love of gardening, and has been writing about it for more than twenty-five years. She has been the garden editor of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press in Chattanooga, Tennessee and The Christian Science Monitor in Boston, Massachusetts. Her numerous articles have appeared in many magazines, including Woman's Day and  Southern Living. She has been active in the Garden Writers Association, serving on the board for fourteen years and as president for two years. This is Lowe's eleventh book.


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Garden Rules

Garden Rules: The Snappy Synopsis for the Modern Gardener
by Jayme Jenkins and Billie Brownell

144 pages
Cool Springs Press, 2011
List price: $9.95






There's a lot of information packed into this little book. The size of a mass market paperback, Garden Rules takes common, yet vital details about gardening and delivers it in a concise, no-frills manner. That's not to say it's dry and boring, however. Authors Jayme Jenkins and Billie Brownell take turns sharing advice in their own distinct voices, answering gardening questions before you even think to ask them.

If ever there was a pocket guide to gardening, this is it. Encouraging, enlightening, entertaining, and easy-to-understand, Garden Rules really should be required reading for all beginning gardeners.


Jayme Jenkins is a former sales rep who left the corporate world to start her own online store specializing in modern home and garden decor, aHa! modern Living. Jayme co-hosts Nest in Style, a podcast featuring fellow garden experts and interesting garden-related topics. You can follow Jayme at her blog, aHa! Home and Garden, and on Facebook and Twitter. Jayme lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Billie Brownell spent many years in the corporate worlds of marketing, advertising, and publishing from Scripps-Howard to PC World magazine, to the largest ad agency in the Southeast, to Cool Springs Press. Billie tried to balance being an editor, writer, aspiring author of children's books, and a gardener with her passion for riding horses. You can follow Billie through her blogs at Garden Writers Today and The Fence Post for Cool Springs Press, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Billie lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


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The publication being reviewed in this blog post was the sole compensation for reviewing the product. All opinions expressed here are mine. If I like it, I'll say so. If I don't, I'll say that, too.