6 green books to dig into this month
Words by Georgie Sinclair
Horticultured Cities takes us on a journey to over 20 community gardens located in London, Berlin, Madrid and Helsinki. The selection ranges from methodically ordered vegetable patches to shambolic botanical wilderness. But it’s the faces and characters responsible for each garden that truly bring each page to life – a sweet reminder that gardening is a hobby suited to everyone. The book was created and self-published by photographer Maija Astikainen and writer Aischa Berg, who introduces the book with an essay about the social impact of community gardening.
How to Grow Stuff: Easy, no-stress gardening for beginners
This is the book for all gardening novices. As a self-taught gardener, author Alice Vincent is all too familiar with the abundance of useless plant care guides available. Whether you’re looking to grow herbs, salad, plants or flowers, How to Grow Stuff offers uncomplicated advice for city dwellers, devoid of tricky terms and Latin names. Follow her advice and your balcony will look blooming gorgeous by summer.
Leonhart Fuchs. The New Herbal of 1543
Let’s jump back a few years. 475 to be precise, to the year 1543 when the ‘father of modern botany’ Leonhart Fuchs compiled all his knowledge into one unprecedented document. In it, he details the healing properties of over 500 different plants and herbs. It includes the first visual record of newly discovered (for the time) plants such as tobacco and cacti, all illustrated with meticulous precision. Remarkably, Fuch’s handwritten copy of the book was preserved in perfect condition which gave publishing house TASCHEN the opportunity to re-publish the entire work page-for-page. Anyone across the fields of medicine, history, botany and more will find this book a valuable addition to their bookshelf.
Greenterior: Plant Loving Creatives and Their Homes
Take a peek into the homes of the world’s creative elite. Visiting 17 artists from around the world, Greenterior is both a source of inspiration for those who wish to green up their interiors, and an engaging read, containing candid interviews with each of its subjects about their personal connection to nature. It’s a book that every interiors lover should have on their coffee table. Read our full interview with the creators Bart Kiggen and Magali Elali here.
Encyclopedia of Flowers
Makoto Azuma has long held the winning trophy for his genius floral installations. The Encyclopaedia of Flowers is a tribute to this work. From majestic botanical voyages across the South China Sea to expeditions into the heart of the Amazonian rainforest, the Japanese artist is forever pushing artistic boundaries to cast new light on the natural world. The book includes an introduction by the artist himself and an index containing the names of over 2,000 species represented within. But get your copy before it’s too late – there are only a few remaining copies in stock, and they’re signed!
Plant Love: The Scandalous Truth About the Sex Life of Plants
And finally, we come to sex. It’s certainly common knowledge that plants procreate. But we tend not to see it as such a raunchy affair as writer Michael Allaby. His recently published book Plant Love reveals *shocking* discoveries about the naughty love-life of nature’s finest specimens, characterised in humorous terms as pimps, hookers, and gigolos. It’s a lively and insightful interpretation of one of the most essential yet overlooked features of the natural world.