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Gift ideas for garden designers

December 11, 2017

Give the gift of gardening! Help the garden designer in your life build their library with books from Timber Press. If you don’t find the right one here, try searching our catalog for more great garden design books.

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9 advantages of gardening with self-seeders

September 2, 2015

9 good reasons to consider Cultivating Chaos. Traditional gardening has worked successfully for centuries, so why would you want to change the way you have always gardened? This is a legitimate question, but times have changed and so have our ideas and desired outcomes for gardens. Here are some of the advantages of gardening with […]

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Evolution of a book cover

June 5, 2015

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Or so the saying goes. But people do it anyway, a fact we’re keenly aware of here at Timber Press. Our book covers go through an intensive approval process in which we fret over every element: Is the title descriptive enough? Would a subtitle help? Does the image […]

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Making the most of limited space

January 13, 2015

Andrea Bellamy outlines the basics of creating abundant and attractive Small-Space Vegetable Gardens. When you want to grow food in a small space, every square inch of soil has to work extra hard. Experienced small-space gardeners use a number of techniques to get the most from their gardens. Practicing succession planting, vertical growing, and winter […]

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The Living Landscape: Applying layers to the Home Garden

August 7, 2014

What brings life to a landscape? Gardening is unique among the arts because its primary materials are literally alive, but are gardens merely beautiful arrangements of living objects? A growing awareness of a broad range of environmental relationships suggests the traditional object-oriented approach to garden-making is unable to guide us in the design and care […]

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Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life [Excerpt]

January 23, 2014

Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, tells us, “Beatrix Potter was a late bloomer, gardening-wise.” She was forty years old before she had her first season as a gardener. Her interest in the natural world, however, began long before that. In the following excerpt, learn about the beginnings of what proved to be […]

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An interview with author Marta McDowell of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life

January 15, 2014

Beatrix Potter was an author, businesswoman, and conservationist. She was also a gardener. This part of her life, often a direct inspiration for her work, has been neglected by historians. Until now. Author Marta McDowell shares here some of what she discovered while writing Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, a book Deborah Needleman calls “a biography […]

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Video in the garden with Debra Baldwin

December 17, 2013

We don’t often associate writers with video. Like the rest of us, writers have found their way online, and using social media can now communicate directly with their audience. Like us, they share links, upcoming events, or pictures of their kids or pets (or both), but how many of them use video as a means […]

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3 views of the jewel box garden at Brandywine Cottage

December 8, 2013

David Culp achieves year-round visual interest in the gardens at Brandywine Cottage, his home in Pennsylvania. The jewel box garden, tucked in near the house, is a good example. Here, David shares his approach to creating a layered garden in this spot.

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Using bulbs in the layered garden

December 2, 2013

One of the easiest ways to add layers of interest to any garden is with hardy bulbs. They have beautiful (and sometimes unusual) flowers, come in a rainbow of colors, and bloom in all four seasons of the year. They range in size from 6-inch snowdrops to lilies that can tower 6 feet or more.

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