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The Soul of an Octopus

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Thanks to Nancy in our Saratoga store for pointing me towards this excellent book. Who knew the shy octopus could be such a riveting subject. Montgomery celebrates and shares with readers the amazing biology and humanity of this much mythologized ocean creature. ~ Reviewed by Carrie Chalmers


Hold Still

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780316247757
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

A fascinating memoir that explores and interweaves the power of place and family, the making of art, the tug of ancestors. Mann's writing is as powerful and expressive as her photography. It was a delight to be led into her life, work and wild family history. ~ Reviewed by Carrie Chalmers


Cultivating Chaos: How to Enrich Landscapes with Self-Seeding Plants by Jonas Reif - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781604696523
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Published: Timber Press - August 12th, 2015

I love the happy accidents that occur in the garden like flowers growing through cracks, big healthy poppies that show up unexpectedly. This book embraces the power of self-sowers and shows gardeners how to encourage and promote self-seeding beauties. ~ Reviewed by Carrie Chalmers


Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales by Marta McDowell - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781604693638
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Published: Timber Press - November 5th, 2013

An enchanting book that draws you into the life, gardens and landscape of the great Beatrix Potter. She was an artist, naturalist, conservationist, writer and all around woman ahead of her time! Beautiful! ~ Reviewed by Carrie Chalmers


Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Michael A. Dirr - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780881924046
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Published: Timber Press - October 1st, 1997

An essential part of an avid gardener's reference library. Dirr is America's shrub and tree master. Filled with his knowledge and good humor, this guide is always delightfully helpful. ~ Reviewed by Carrie Chalmers


Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy - Book Review

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By Douglas W. Tallamy, Rick Darke (Contributions by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780881929928
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Published: Timber Press - April 1st, 2009

Just the resource I have been looking for. I have long appreciated native plants, and have been seeking to deepen my knowledge on how specifically they sustain the local fauna. This is now the source I turn to regularly. ~ Reviewed by Carrie Chalmers


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