Trinity University Press

Books about Gardens

Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime

Kenneth I. Helphand (author)

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Why is it that in the midst of a war, one can still find gardens? Wartime gardens are dramatic examples of what landscape architect Kenneth Helphand calls defiant gardens—gardens created in extreme social, political, economic, or cultural conditions. In his examination of the landscape of war, Helphand not only details the surprising occurrence of gardens but also provides an expansive account of the events and forces...

Kenneth Helphand, writes about war gardens—not just victory gardens, grown in time of scarcity, but those planted on hostile fronts, including Eastern Europe's ghettos and...NPR Morning Edition

Flowering Earth

Donald Culross Peattie (author)

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One in a series of reissued books that have been out of print for decades, by one of the most loved naturalists of all time. In Flowering Earth Peattie explores the origin and significance of plant life with an unmatched sense of astonishment and reflection. According to the New York Times, his prose in this extraordinary work “is pervaded by a continuous sense of beauty and illuminative insight.”

Even a diehard urbanite would likely be seduced by this extraordinary chronicle of the plant kingdom. — Publishers Weekly

Marfa Garden: The Wonders of Dry Desert Plants

Jim Fissel (author), Martha Hughes (author), Jim Martinez (author), Mary Lou Saxon (author), Dallas Baxter (foreword)

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Marfa Garden is a full-color celebration of more than sixty flowering plants of the Chihuahuan Desert and neighboring regions. The desert, North America’s second largest at 140,000 square miles, spans West Texas, parts of New Mexico and Arizona, and northern Mexico. It is a surprising showcase for colorful plant diversity. Presented in a style reminiscent of naturalist Karl Blossfeldt’s Art Forms in Nature, the book...

The book’s overriding purpose is to encourage us to rethink our ideas about the desert land of West Texas... Marfa Garden’s intent is to get the region’s visitors and...Texas Monthly

Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens

Hilton Als (foreword), Lowry Pei (introduction), Vaughn Sills (photographs)

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Places for the Spirit is a stunning collection of more than eighty fine art photographs of African American folk gardens—and their creators—in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Through her patient search up and down small-town streets and dusty rural roads, award-winning photographer Vaughn Sills has unearthed an important element of American landscape that is quickly...

Every once in a while, a unique and wonderful book appears. [This] is one of those extraordinary books.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette