In my Reader…three books

It’s fall and I’m teaching two evening landscape design courses at a college near here.  I’m always looking for books to bring to class for my students to look at.  Last week it was Thomas Church’s Gardens are for People. Not one of my second semester students could tell me who he was…now they can.

This week two books will go with me to class.  The first will be the book I pull off the shelf when I need a quick push.  Often when I get stuck or need an inspirational boost I go to John Brooke’s Garden Masterclass.  I seem to reach for this book more often than any other when I just need some quick garden visual input.  I might then go and find another in my library, but this one is always first.

There are many, many more books in my library and all get used.   I don’t buy books anymore unless they have something to offer that another of my books doesn’t.  This year’s celebrated book The American Meadow Garden by John Greenlee with photos by Saxon Holt made the cut, is in my library and will also be going to class.

5 thoughts on “In my Reader…three books

  1. Delighted to have made the cut – and with such good company. “Gardens Are For People” was the fIrst garden book I bought, upon the occasion of photographing Church’s own garden in San Francisco as my very first garden photography assignment from Horticulture Magazine in 1984.

    A seminal book. Will my own be around that long ? Maybe if folks like you use it in design courses (g)


    A most delightful ‘You are Welcome!’–s

  2. I have used John Brookes ‘Garden Design’ for years. Its always a great resource of practical information and well as inspiration. It was my first garden design book and I still go back to it when its time for back to basics.

  3. Sean, I am amazed at the Memorial Tree Garden and your comnetmimt and dedication to this wonderful project. As a member of Hays Hills, I want to say thank you for all your hard work and tell you how much I appreciate having such a beautiful place to go to for prayer, reflection, and meditation. May God be praised and my His blessings be upon you.Tim Snowden

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