i was at a book store the other day and found a treasure that’s perfect to share with you today:
if you’ve ever been over to our house you know my penchant for books – gardening books in particular. while i love new books, there’s a certain quality about old books that intrigues me… the worn fabric edges, the graphic flourishes to emphasize the title’s typeface, the smell of well-aged newsprint, the wonder of who’s hands the book has passed through over time… the book that caught my eye this time was america’s garden book, written by louise bush-brown (former director of the pennsylvania school of horticulture for women, now temple university ambler) and james bush-brown (former landscape architect and member of asla). it was originally published in 1939 and periodically revised (book shown in 1952) by charles scribner’s sons. it covers the gamut of horticultural information and includes black and white illustrations, line drawings and photographs.
i tend to file notes, pamphlets and photos in the pages of books – mostly to mark the page i’m on, but i often forget that i’ve filed them there. i’m glad i’m not the only one:
i found the entry pictured above particularly interesting given this holiday of independence… for to be truly appreciative of our life histories, shouldn’t we know something about the way in which ALL things live and grow…?
happy independence day.