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Welcome to our Garden Shop! We are so very excited about its potential and possibilities, and we have thoughtfully and conscientiously curated sections for all ages! We have books, gifts, yummy treats and more to help you and others engage with, understand, experience, care for, enjoy and celebrate Mother Nature!
Take time to browse the full collection, and, as with all under Pretty Things & Cool Stuff's sky-blue awning, the Garden Shop will always be a work in progress, so come back and visit often for new discoveries. We also are busy restocking, so if you see a selection that is out of stock, please let us know you are interested, and we will be happy to let you know it is back in stock.
We can't think of a better way to open the Garden Shop than by being an affiliate partner with Botanical Interests, the highly respected, family-owned purveyor of high quality seeds and more for your garden, whether it is on a windowsill, balcony or spread across a yard.
Since 1995, Colorado-based Botanical Interests has been supplying gardeners of all levels with the highest quality seed and the most beautiful and informative seed packets. They have been working for 25 years with much love and commitment to share the beauty, fascination and satisfaction of seed gardening, as well as helping to educate all about how to do so successfully.
Botanical Interests also invested in the rigorous testing and certification to be earn the right to declare every packet of seeds it offers is Non-GMO Project Verified. They have many organic varieties and are working to add more.
There are a lot of reasons why we selected them as a partner for our Garden Shop, and we think you will understand why when you visit them to start or continue your seed gardening adventure. When you shop Botanical Interests with us, you will find seed varieties not available in garden centers, and you can participate in the Packet Points Program to earn free packets of seeds
Being a Botanical Interests affiliate partner means that when you visit and shop with them through our Garden Shop, we will make a commission from each purchase. Botanical Interests will ship you your seeds and more, and we will use the commission we receive from them to invest in the Garden Shop for you!
Just click on any of the Botanical Interests links here or above, or on the banner below to visit them. Also, in celebration of April being National Garden Month, you will get free standard shipping on Botanical Interests' purchases through April 30 (Hawaii and Alaska excluded).
For everything else in the Garden Shop, you just add items to your cart here for checkout, and we at Pretty Things & Cool Stuff will happily package your purchase and get it on its way to you.
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I'm determined to turn my husband into an organic urban farmer, and this book — highly recommended by my uber-gardener friends — helped get him off to a great start! (See below the 70+ healthy basil seedlings he is growing from seed! And, there still are lots of seeds left in the one packet he used! Just think of all of the money we've saved, and we know that all of the plants are being grown organically. Fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil salads here we come!)
Before it was a book, The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food was organic gardener Tanya L. K. Denckla's highly prized personal database, the distillation of years of careful research and hands-on, real-life, dirt-under-the-fingernails experience in growing her own vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts.
Now available to all, this easy-to-read sourcebook offers much to gardeners of all skill levels, answering questions quickly and authoritatively so more time can be spent enjoying the garden.
Six comprehensive chapters cover vegetables, fruits and nuts, herbs, organic remedies, and allies and companions. Within each chapter plants are arranged alphabetically, making needed information eminently accessible.
The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food covers 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts. Individual plant entries provide specific information on planting; temperature; soil and water needs; measurements; seed-starting dates; pests, diseases, allies, companions, and incompatibles, as applicable; when to harvest; how to store produce; and overviews of selected varieties.
Fully half of the book is dedicated to organic remedies that can prevent or combat 201 plant diseases and garden pests. Hundreds of common diseases and pests are discussed, as well as which plants are likely to be affected, how to recognize the problem, and tried-and-true natural remedies.
The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food demystifies how to work collaboratively with the complex natural systems of the environment AND makes gardening a little easier and definitely more fun!
Ready to get your organic urban farmer on? Get this and get growing! We are!
Tanya Denckla Cobb is a writer, a professional environmental mediator at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and a teacher of food system planning at the University of Virginia.
She is passionate about bringing people together to find common ground and create solutions for mutual gain. She co-founded a community forestry nonprofit organization, served as Executive Director of the Virginia Urban Forest Council, and facilitated the birth of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and the Virginia Food System Council.
At home, she enjoys the restorative energy of gardening and cooking from her garden. She lives in Virginia and is the author of Reclaiming Our Food, The Gardener’s A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food, and Organic Gardener’s Home Reference.
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The Most Beautiful Flowers by Kenji Toma brings the inner beauty and essence of the flower as seen through the eyes of the experienced photographer. From his careful selection of paper to how to present flowers in his photographs, Toma revives the concept of the botanical encyclopedia.
This photo series is Kenji Toma's homage to the botanical illustrations in Choix Des Plus Belles Fleurs by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, one of the most well-regarded flower encyclopedias of the nineteenth century. Back when color photography did not exist, these images were illustrated with the purpose of replicating the botanic subject as realistically as possible.
In The Most Beautiful Flowers, Toma is interested in doing the exact opposite with the photographic medium which, realistic by nature, can also be used to make a subject look unreal and artificial. The result makes The Most Beautiful Flowers a must have for anyone who loves flowers, photography and art.
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"Passion seems to be the guiding force behind this volume—an epic, encyclopedic, and utterly beautiful tome devoted to the cultivation and appreciation of herbs in America. Created during weekends upstate with almost full creative freedom, the book is as much a compendium of herbal facts, lore, and uses as it is a reflection of its creator—witty anecdotes and observations pepper the book’s writing and Orr’s own stunning photographs fill its pages.
While many gardening books can have the charm of an automotive manual, mere compilations of growing tips and run-of-the-mill images, Orr’s book covers its bases (everything from tried-and-true choices like thyme and lavender to more off-beat selections like hemlock and marijuana) with style. Both a great read and an indispensible resource for everything from gardening to cooking, this beautifully designed book is just as at home on a gardener’s shelf as it is on the nightstand or coffee table."
— Design Sponge (Read complete story and interview with author here)
"Orr’s affection for herbs shines through every well-researched page of this book; his wonder and delight are infectious...And he knows that just because a book is useful and intelligent, it doesn’t have to look scholarly and dull. Orr’s beautiful photographs have an approachable aura of romance."
— The New York Times Book Review
From modern garden master Stephen Orr comes a new, definitive book on herbs to finally replace the dusty and outdated classics. Here are entries on hundreds of plants that are extraordinarily useful in cooking, homeopathy, and more; dozens of recipes and DIY projects; and beautifully styled photographs so you know just what you’re growing!
With more than 900 entries — including 40 delicious recipes —, each accompanied by brand new photography and helpful growing advice, The New American Herbal takes the study of herbs to an exciting new level.
Orr covers the entire spectrum of herbaceous plants, from culinary to ornamental to aromatic and medicinal, presenting them in an easy to use A to Z format packed with recipes, DIY projects, and stunning examples of garden design highlighting herbal plantings.
Learn about the herbs you’ve always wanted to grow (chervil, chamomile, and lovage), exotic herbs (such as Artemisia, the bitter herb used in Absinthe, or the anti-inflammatory Meadowsweet), and ornamental varieties (Monkshood and Perilla).
For cooks there is indispensable guidance on planting and maintaining a bountiful kitchen garden and crafters will delight in dozens of exciting new uses for fresh, dried, and distilled herbs.
Here, too, are 40 delicious recipes, as well easy steps for projects such as a hanging herb garden and instructions on how to plant, dry, and preserve your garden’s bounty.
Meticulously researched and exhaustive in its scope, The New American Herbal is an irresistible invitation to explore the versatility of herbs in all their beauty and variety.
Get it and get growing!