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Beautiful Tabletop Gardens
Create a little garden paradise in every corner of your home and enjoy its beauty year round. The designs and instructions here show how to assemble your indoor garden from plants purchased at a nursery or grown from seeds, rootings, or cuttings. Photos illustrate the basics--plants, potting techniques, containers--and provide endless inspiration. Watch a water garden grow ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Lark Books (NC)
(first published 2003)
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This is a series of tabletop gardens, with inspiration, instructions, and plant variety suggestions for each project. The "beauty" of some of the projects could easily be called into question, but overall I think this book avoids the trap of so many 'crafty diy projects' books. Each project is different enough that it feels like a distinct entity, not a variation on the the previous page. Some of my faves were the carnivorous plants, the plain, mossy ferny terrarium in an old bottle (so ...more
I am not usually an indoor plant person. I need the big outdoors as my palette. But these tabletop planters are true gardening. Instead of trying to create a faux tropical corner among the furniture, the author respects plants. Who knows, the beautiful illustrations and original ideas may yet make an indoor gardener of me yet. In my huge gardening library, this book has the honor of being the only one on indoor plants. But I'm not worried. No book on flower arranging is going to sneak in.
This picture book has some really great, and perhaps impractical, ideas about creating cute mini indoor container gardens. I have a feeling that my cats would destroy them and/or I wouldn't be able to keep them right...but I'm inspired to try and make one anyway.
Read through Chapter 1, The Basics and then breezed through the rest of the book. The rest of the book are different container garden plans. I will definitely borrow the book again when I feel like I have more time to play with gardening.