Thursday, April 03, 2008

Spring Surprises

Rivers and Tides
Follows Andy Goldsworthy's bohemian free spirit on this DVD as he travels all over the world to demonstrate and open up about his creative process. From his long-winding rock walls and icicle sculptures to his interlocking leaf chains and multi-colored pools of flowers. Goldsworthy's painstakingly intricate masterpieces are made entirely of materials found in Mother Nature - who threatens and often succeeds in destroying his art, sometime before it is even finished.

A trail through leaves : the journal as a path to place An exquisitely illustrated guide to cultivating intimacy with the natural world through journal-keeping explores the things we usually overlook and helps readers claim their senses through the creative disciplines of writing and drawing.

Cultivating delight : a natural history of my garden Diane Ackerman delights in her garden through all the seasons. Whether she is deadheading flowers or glorying in the profusion of roses, offering sugar water to a hummingbird or studying the slug, she welcomes the unexpected drama and extravagance as well as the sanctuary her garden offers. She chronicles instances of violence in nature but also intuits loneliness and desire in the clamor of male crickets in the spring. And there is wonderment and marvel as she happens upon a tiny frog asleep inside the petals of a tulip. Visitors to her garden range from botanical explorers of earlier centuries to the nature mystic John Muir to the brilliant British garden writer Gertrude Jekyll. The author's garden nourishes its creator, who imaginatively returns the favor and seizes privileged moments to leap from science and metaphor to meditation on the human condition. Written in sensuous, lyrical prose, Cultivating Delight is a hymn to nature and to the pleasure we take in it.

The Virginia naturalist A collection of essays by John Trott which were originally printed in the Fauquier Times Democrat.
Compiled and produced by the Virginia Native Plant Society and the Middleburg Garden Club

Beautiful madness : one man's journey through other people's gardens Accounts of the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Chelsea Garden Show reveal what the author learned about some of the Western world's most influential gardens and gardeners and describe some of the more exotic plants presented at the shows.

Herbal Treasures: inspiring month-by-month projects for gardening, cooking, and crafts
A compendium of the best herb crafts, recipes, and gardening ideas.

Death at the Spring Plant Sale
Hoping to get some good deals at the Bethesda Garden Club's spring plant sale, Louise Eldridge, Host of "Gardening with Nature," finds herself cultivating a murder investigation instead when the club president is murdered.