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February 3, 2017

Our northern winter landscape has been pleading for greenery lately. My cue to stop staring out the window at my brown garden and settle in with a book that rekindles an interest in all things botanical. This hefty collection of books fits the bill, allowing readers to delve into the verdant world of botanical art, defined by aged prints and scientific examinations married to lovely and evocative artistic studies. These books require a quiet afternoon for careful contemplation free from the distraction of yardwork, and yet, they retain their appeal throughout the seasons.

Botanical Style: Inspirational decorating with nature, plants and florals
By Selina Lake
Published by Ryland Peters & Small, 2016

Why limit botanical artwork to a few pages in a book or a couple of framed prints on the wall when it can envelop your home and reflect your personal style? Whether vintage, Bohemian, tropical, or even industrial, botanical style introduces plants into your living spaces. Houseplants, prints, fabrics, color schemes, wallpapers, cut branches and flowers, linens, dishes—you name it—can all conspire to celebrate plant life in your home. Tucked with décor and crafting tips, this book will help you get the most impact from your green passion and grow the garden aesthetic throughout your home.

Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery
By Anna Laurent
Published by The University of Chicago Press, 2016

Here lays a book that combines scientific rigor with artistic expression. Explore the interior world of amaryllis, cucumbers, pines, and a host of other vegetal, floral, and arboreal specimens in the studies by 19th- and 20th-century scientists. The colorful and precise paintings and sketches embody a collection of European and American botanical studies. Educational as well as lovely to ponder, this is a book that begs to be left open on the coffee table.

Botanicum
Illustrated by Katie Scott, Written by Kathy Willis
Published by The Templar Company, 2016

Delve into the magical world of botanical illustrations paired with fascinating overviews of the major plant genera. Learn something, while delighting in the colorful modern illustrations, about the history of plant life starting with algae and fungi and branching up through the current grains, flowers, succulents, and aquatic plants. Perfect for the budding horticultural enthusiast with discerning visual sensibilities, it would be very tempting to remove the pages of this oversized book and hang them on the wall. This lovely book will be available in March of 2017.

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