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Five Coffee-Table Tomes To Perfect Your Garden This Summer

Sarah Bray | June 17, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

A bouquet of coffee-table tomes blooms on shelves this summer.


A Garden Can Be Anywhere
Lauri Kranz counts Katy Perry, Jason Bateman, Jenni Kayne, Maya Rudolph and Nicole Richie as clients. But she’s not a Hollywood stylist or trainer; she’s a garden consultant of sorts. In her new book, A Garden Can Be Anywhere: Creating Bountiful and Beautiful Edible Gardens ($40, Abrams), the founder of Edible Gardens LA shares her secrets for growing your own food-—whether in a backyard or a window box.

Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers
Margot Shaw was a self-confessed “call and order flowers girl” before she had a watershed moment. When planning her daughter’s wedding, she realized a newfound passion (with wedding stress-relieving benefits!) for cutting and arranging fresh blooms from her garden. In her new book, Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating With Flowers ($45, Rizzoli), Shaw spotlights tastemakers—such as potter Christopher Spitzmiller (whose home is seen at left), event designer Tara Guérard and culinary consultant Alex Hitz—who are equally fanatical about flowers.

Bloom: The Luminous Gardens of Frederico Azevedo
As North Haven-based landscape designer and owner of Unlimited Earth Care, Frederico Azevedo has been creating gorgeous gardens in the Hamptons for 28 years. The most spectacularly verdant are now evergreen, in shelf-life terms, in his first book, out this month. Bloom: The Luminous Gardens of Frederico Azevedo ($75, Pointed Leaf Press) features the local talent’s most picturesque properties while exploring the hallmarks of his gardens: curving, floral borders; integration of native plants; dramatic, multidimensional vistas; and a repetition of color, texture and shape.

An Oak Spring Herbaria
This month, Yale University Press releases An Oak Spring Herbaria ($80,, a 400-page compendium originally compiled by the late gardening icon Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon. Famous for redecorating the White House with Jackie Kennedy and designing its rose garden, Mellon left a lifelong collection of rare gardening books at her home in Upperville, Va., to the public. Now, the foundation is printing them in hope of inspiring the nation’s next great horticulturists.

Love Affairs with Houses
Bunny Williams, perhaps America’s most famous decorator, releases her seventh monograph this month. Her new book, Love Affairs With Houses ($60, Abrams), traces the “affairs” she’s had with 15 recent projects, including Hollyhock in Southampton, which is featured in this issue. As Williams tells it, “The best pieces have the best stories.” And in this story-filled tome, she demonstrates just that.


Photography by: Yale University Press