January reading

Happy 2013!

January WPA posterA silkscreen poster of  the Illinois WPA Art Project (ca. 1936 – 1941), via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

On my nightstand for January reading:

Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City by Dan Pearson.  His city garden is the best example of what I want for our Washington, D.C., garden when we return.

Illustrated History of Landscape Design by Elizabeth Boults and Chip Sullivan

The American Meadow Garden by John Greenlee and Beautiful N0-Mow Yards by Evelyn J. Hadden

The City Shaped:  Urban Patterns and Meaning Through History by Spiro Kostof

Color by Design:  Planting the Contemporary Garden by Nori and Sandra Pope

The New Perennial Garden by Noël Kingsbury

— none particularly new, but indications of my current interests.

I just finished re-reading Peter Martin’s The Pleasure Gardens of Virginia:  From Jamestown to Jefferson.  I recommend it — along with Barbara Wells Sarudy’s Gardens and Gardening in the Chesapeake, 1700 – 1805 — if you garden in the U.S. mid-Atlantic.  Martin is particularly good on Mount Vernon and Monticello and on Jefferson’s changing enthusiasms and false starts.  (Martin and Sarudy differ somewhat on the extent of the influence of the English landscape garden style in 18th century America.)

(I also love Fergus M. Bordewich’s Washington: The Making of the American Capital for landscape/city planning history.)

Right now I’m really taken with the Game of Thrones books (I know, I’m behind the trend; I’m in Rwanda.)  I’m thinking of making the jump to an e-reader this month and then loading on the second book (aka Season Two) to watch in February.  I also want Hillary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies soon (I had to re-read Wolf Hall last month first — it’s so good).

What are your plans for winter reading?

6 thoughts on “January reading

  1. Happy New Year, Cindy! This looks like a wonderful pile of books. I love to do garden reading during the winter when my garden is under snow, and many of these look like good candidates for my own reading list. I’m especially fond of garden narratives and columns, and I’m currently re-reading Henry Mitchell’s One Man’s Garden.

    1. Henry Mitchell is my favorite. Have you also read On Gardening and The Essential Earthman?

      Have you ever read Elizabeth Lawrence’s Gardening for Love: The Market Bulletins? It’s about the Mississippi Market Bulletin and other newsletters like it that were free and often published under state subsidy. Along with land and livestock, they advertised plants and seeds sold by farmers’ wives. The book is a lovely picture of mid-20th century American regional gardening.

  2. Cindy, happy new year!! perfect readings for these months, coincidently I am reading now Kingsbury’s and Robinson’s books about perennial gardening. Kostof’s book takes me back to school days, thanks for the reminder. My list of TO DOs is for posting about projects from last year that I did not have time to include in the blog. To a very productive months!!

  3. Kingsbury’s book started me along the path my garden has taken. One of my favorites (the book). Try Rambunctions Garden by Emma Marris for a groundbreaking book. Get an ereader!!

    1. Actually it was a mention of the Kingsbury book in your blog that inspired me to order it. I’ll look for the Marris book too. After I posted this, I also received Piet Oudolf’s Landscapes in Landscapes from my sister — what a treat.

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