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.