Hubert (The Granny Square Book) returns with a second dose of granny squares in this colorful collection of crochet motifs inspired by nature. Many of the projects require intermediate to advanced crochet skills, and each design includes both written and charted directions as well as a color photograph of the finished square. An assortment of 15 projects incorporating the squares in the book completes the package. Some feature interesting and unexpected uses of the motifs, such as the tasseled ski hat (the squares make up the ear flaps) and the children’s blocks and coordinating hassock. VERDICT Granny squares are the building blocks of crochet, and this work contains a number of pretty designs that are ready to mix and match." - Library Journal"
In his latest book, Simeone (director, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park; Great Landscape Evergreens) focuses on creating gardens in harmony with their environment. He thoroughly explains pragmatic garden design and ecoresponsible maintenance practices, enhancing his work with color photographs, other illustrations, and tables. The essential strategies for being an earth-friendly gardener are covered: choosing appropriate plants for a specific site; attracting wildlife; employing integrated pest management (IPM) to reduce use of pesticides; understanding water conservation methods; and undertaking sustainable lawn care. The list of hardy and noninvasive cultivars will help readers select specimens that will thrive with minimum intervention and contribute to an ecologically healthy garden. Simeone also presents alternatives to using turf, which is high maintenance, on the lawn. He ends with material on composting, soil management, planting, recycling, and pruning. VERDICT Complementing Thomas Christopher’s The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening, this book provides a sensible and manageable approach for home gardeners seeking grounds that are in keeping with their environment and our shrinking planetary resources." - Library Journal