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Gardening With Confidence – Book Review February 14, 2013

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My book shelves are organized by a few different groups. I have a my garden “How-To” books, then my juicy pictorial coffee table type books, then my collection of what I refer to as my beloved “Garden Literature”. These are first-class books having to do with gardening that I would want to read over and over because they have such impressive writing. Books that make it on to THIS shelf have a high bar set and earn their space there.

When you open this book and start reading the “What people are saying” section, you think to yourself, “WOW, that is a LOT of gushing about this book, can it possibly live up to all that?” It does. As so many others have said over and over in other reviews, Helen clearly has a gift for writing as if you’re having a conversation with a great friend in the garden over a cup of tea, or a glass of great wine at sunset. This is a rare talent indeed.

To be able to address such broad topics as “50 Ways to Add Style For Personal Creativity” in a way that’s both comforting and reassuring is very unusual. As a person who works with the public in a nursery where the hot business conversation topic right now is getting the NEW gardeners the confidence to simply come IN to the nursery, here is the manual they need.

I have crawled into bed with Helen’s book on a number of occasions so far this winter and referred to it quite a few times. Helen makes me feel great about trusting my own instincts with friendly lessons told in humorous and touching ways. She talks about gardening and design with all the new fangled approaches, but also about not losing sight of the tried and true too. Both ideas are addressed with passion and comedy.

Chapters in Helen’s book are soft approached by a Garden Coach who gives you light-hearted direction not dictation. The book is broken into these thoughtful sections: Basics, Garden Styles, Garden Elements, and Your Garden Environment. The three segments add up to 50 different themes that range from Bulbs to Balance, to Moss and Movement, and so much more.

This book gives elegant insight and helps you understand these ideas in the most gracious ways;

We are all unique, and you need to learn what goes into creating your own signature style, but that style needs to be balanced with good design technique.

Take the BIG picture view, while focusing on the harmony of your designs.

Developing your style means that there is a beginning, a middle and an end.

If YOU love it, then its right!

How can you apply what you have learned about your style?

Lastly, be wary of transplanting Voles. :-)

As a Garden Coach myself and a fan of Helen Yoest for a number of years, I can with all my heart say that THIS book has earned a coveted spot on a very special book shelf. It’s the book I would want all of MY clients to read too.

If you would like to buy Gardening With Confidence, here is the link for you!!

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7 Responses to “Gardening With Confidence – Book Review”

  1. [...] My book shelves are organized by a few different groups. I have a my garden "How-To" books, then my juicy pictorial coffee table type books, then my collection of what I refer to as my beloved "Gar…  [...]

  2. This sounds like an intriguing book and a good read for the downtime of February. Organizing one’s garden book shelves could be a book in itself, couldn’t it? I group mine by topic, but I once saw a color-crazed gardener in England (very much like me, we even had the same first name) who organized her garden books by the color of the spines :-)

  3. Thanks for such a wonderful review, Christina! You made my day, and made me blush….

  4. Charlie Says:

    I am always looking for good sources of information, books, on gardening. I appreciate your review and suggestion to reach it. Thank you for sharing.

  5. [...] My book shelves are organized by a few different groups. I have a my garden "How-To" books, then my juicy pictorial coffee table type books, then my collection of what I refer to as my beloved "Gar…  [...]


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