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7 New Books Serving Major Gardening Inspiration

By Ella Chakarian | April 5, 2021 | Home & Real Estate HBCH Home HBAT Home HBBO Home HBCA Home HBCM Home HBMI Home HBNY Home HBSC Home HBTX Home HBCM Books

For gardening aficionados and beginners alike, a bumper crop of new books cultivates creative ways to bring the outdoors in and sow the seeds for horticultural inspiration.

A stunning showcase of dahlias from the garden of Christopher Spitzmiller as seen in his new tome, A Year at Clove Brook Farm (Rizzoli) PHOTO BY GEMMA AND ANDREW INGALLS
A stunning showcase of dahlias from the garden of Christopher Spitzmiller as seen in his new tome, A Year at Clove Brook Farm (Rizzoli).

Charlotte Moss Flowers

“Just about anything that can hold water, or accommodate something that will hold water, can be a vase,” says Charlotte Moss in Charlotte Moss Flowers of her impressive and chic container collection. CHARLOTTE MOSS: FLOWERS PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLOTTE MOSS
“Just about anything that can hold water, or accommodate something that will hold water, can be a vase,” says Charlotte Moss in Charlotte Moss Flowers of her impressive and chic container collection.

Beloved for her Southern charm and unwavering eye, interiors icon Charlotte Moss’ latest tome, Charlotte Moss Flowers (Rizzoli), delivers with her signature panache. Given that she quite literally wrote the book on entertaining (Charlotte Moss Entertains), it’s no surprise this hostess with the mostest proclaims flowers are an essential component of everyday living. Holding the belief that flowers “provide visceral pleasures indoors and out,” the book explores visualizations for floral arrangements, choosing containers and embellishing a home with honey-sweet blooms. Launching in collaboration with the publication, Moss has collaborated with glass artist James Friedberg on a collection of six vases inspired by previous floral connoisseurs like Gloria Vanderbilt and Fleur Cowles.

A Year at Clove Brook Farm


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A Year at Clove Brook Farm

In his literary debut, top tastemaker and lamp-designing luminary Christopher Spitzmiller chronicles sustainable living as a weekend farmer and flower cultivator, organized in four seasonal chapters. Readers will be transported to a full year at Clove Brook Farm, Spitzmiller’s picturesque pastoral haven. With pointers on gardening, accumulating antiques and entertaining friends with gourmet recipes and floral arrangements, A Year at Clove Brook Farm (Rizzoli) makes all aspects of charming farm living attainable. The four-part book, written in collaboration with fellow interiors illuminati Clinton Smith, also features a foreword by Martha Stewart.

The Garden Source


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The Garden Source.

Andrea Jones is one of the world’s leading floral photographers, extending her garden expertise to flower admirers with an updated and expanded version of The Garden Source (Rizzoli). The tome explores design concepts for gardening and landscaping, with 800 full-color photographs arranged into numerous themes. From trending garden design topics like containerism, extreme naturalism and tropical chic, Jones offers a modernized, comprehensive selection of garden inspiration drawn from her own experiences.

The Naturally Beautiful Garden

Driven by creating visually congruous, artistic and sustainable environments that assist wildlife, author and editor Kathryn Bradley-Hole unveils her next literary undertaking, The Naturally Beautiful Garden (Rizzoli). The book explores organic principles, ecological sensitivity and gardening creatively in light of the effects of climate change and strains on natural resources. Featuring more than 30 global gardens with images from leading garden photographers, The Naturally Beautiful Garden showcases an abundance of diverse landscapes. With entrancing images ranging from modern cottage gardens to contemporary public green spaces, Bradley-Hole writes essays on topics like supporting wildlife, seaside gardening and more.

Gathering: Setting the Natural Table

Los Angeles-based floral designer and stylist Kristen Caissie encourages readers to intensify their dining table with creative, idyllic floral centerpieces. Her debut book traverses different occasions for entertainment and opportunities to create floral arrangements, like outdoor picnics and table dinners at home. Caissie highlights ways in which flowers can be paired with artisanal handmade objects, like porcelain, textiles and glassware, to create memorable tabletop arrangements. Gathering (Rizzoli), which features stunning snapshots by celebrated photographers Gemma and Andrew Ingalls, stimulates luxury living and exemplifies a conscious, achievable approach to floral design.

Cottage Gardens

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Cottage Gardens

Written by Claire Masset, Cottage Gardens (National Trust) explores Britain’s famous and astonishing cottage grounds while highlighting all the ways you can create your own. A freelance journalist and gardens editor, Masset takes on gardens of all kinds in her cottage venture, while sharing valuable information on techniques and plants to cultivate your own lodge-inspired landscape. The book allows country garden enthusiasts to travel through some of the most captivating and blissful sceneries with climbing roses, entrancing pathways and wildflower meadows.

Living With Nature


A beautiful tablescape featured in Marie Masureel’s Living With Nature. LIVING WITH NATURE PHOTO BY JAN LIÉGEOIS FOR WONEN LANDELIJKE STIJL
A beautiful tablescape featured in Marie Masureel’s Living With Nature.

Celebrated stylist and photographer Marie Masureel has a knack for reconstructing interior spaces with repurposed elements of nature and objects of the outdoors. She relays her passion for mindful design and inviting atmospheres in her recently debuted book, Living With Nature (Rizzoli). Masureel urges readers to view “nature as a mood board” in order to transform a conventional living space into an extraordinary oasis at minimal cost and effort. The project utilizes one home to guide readers through the potential ways one can use simplistic techniques and seasonal materials to elevate their at-home experience.



Photography by: From top: Photo Courtesy of Gemma and Andrew Ingalls; Charlotte Moss Flowers Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Moss; Christopher Spitzmiller Photo by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls; Vases Photo by Brittany Ambridge; Cottage Gardens Photo By Chris Lacey; Living With Nature Photo By Jan LiƩgeois For Wonen Landelijke Stijl;