I have waited so long to say this: I’m a published author! My book, Small-Space Container Gardens, is officially for sale in bookstores. Well, it just started shipping out to bookstores, so it might still be in transit to your favorite bookseller. But if it’s not there now, it will be there very, very soon. If not, ask them to order you a copy!
Last night, I came home and walked from my car, underneath my balcony, and into my condo. I got a whiff of some pink jasmine blooming in my garden and I just can’t describe how happy my garden made me in that moment. My hope for my book is that helps inspire people to find intrigue, excitement, tasty food, and wonderful smelling flowers out on readers’ own balconies, porches, patios, or wherever a few potted plants can be fit in.
My book is broken into three “sections.” The first two chapters are all about choosing colors, containers, furniture, and dealing with the weather and climate. The next section is five chapters full of design ideas and DIY projects for small-space gardeners. The last section is two chapters designed to green up your thumbs with essential container gardening advice and pest/disease info.
I want to take a second to thank some of the bloggers whose photos and thoughts on container gardening are peppered throughout the book. I think I need to start with Debra Lee Baldwin, I am so honored and humbled by what she wrote in the book’s foreword. Marie Viljoen‘s amazing balcony garden and adorable kitty is on the cover. That photo makes me so happy every time I see it. Steve Asbell’s orchids, epiphytic cacti, and other tropically delicious plants and insights are on page 137. Anna Beaudry is a talented photographer in addition to having a very chic Vancouver terrace. Check her out on pages 16, 36, and 37. Saxon Holt, wow, I’m so honored to have his photographs on pages 29, 40, 49, 53, 79, and 105. I think you’ll be tickled by the creative garden Susan L. Morrison designed and photographed on page 27. One of Jenny Peterson’s client’s deck gardens is featured on page 39, and her own balcony garden spans pages 134 and 135. Miriam Settles is in her own Maryland garden (and what a lush, fab garden it is!) on page 46. Thanks so much to Victoria Smith for sharing her happy little herb garden hanging out inside her stylish San Francisco apartment on page 48. Megan Speckman’s cool Haworthia is showing off some awesome glass top dressing on page 34. And finally, last but definitely not least, you have to check out the gorgeous, pink passionflower vine Elayne Takemoto photographed on page 139.
I am so excited for you all to see my labor of love!