Garden Maker: Growing a Life of Beauty and Wonder with Flowers

Garden Maker: Growing a Life of Beauty and Wonder with Flowers

by Christie Purifoy
Garden Maker: Growing a Life of Beauty and Wonder with Flowers

Garden Maker: Growing a Life of Beauty and Wonder with Flowers

by Christie Purifoy


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Much more than a how-to flower gardening book (though you will learn how to), Garden Maker is for those who want to grow beautiful things that reflect the glory and majesty of the Creator and bring a little bit of heaven down to earth.
From the beginning God made a garden, so it’s no surprise if you feel closer to Him with your hands in the dirt and the sun on your back. There is something profoundly soul-satisfying about creating and cultivating beauty. If you long to experience more splendor in your life, you can grow some of your very own.
Join kindred spirit Christie Purifoy as she helps you unearth the simple delights of growing garden flowers, from preparing and planning to creating beautiful bouquets and other arrangements. Lavishly photographed and lovingly written, this all-seasons guide invites you to discover the innumerable joys and wonders to be found in the flower garden.     

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736982146
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2022
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 394,322
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christie Purifoy is a writer and avid gardener. She earned a PhD in English Literature from the University of Chicago and has taught literature and composition at the undergraduate level. Her books include Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons and Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace. She explores her love of gardening and all things beautiful at her Victorian farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Prepare 12

Dust to Dust

Cover Your Soil

Cosmos: The Best Thing About Poor Soil

Roses Part One: Dreams Really Do Come True

The (Almost) instant Flower Garden

2 Dream 36

Garden Dreams and Designs

Garden Styles

Let There Be Light

Catalog of Dreams

Daffodil Songs

3 Sow 60

Seeds: Ready, Set, Grow

Supplies for Growing Flowers from Seed

Plant a Zinnia, Plant Return

Wonder Flowers and Super Plants

4 Tend 82

The Eternal Weed

The Care and Keeping of Gardens

Dahlia Trouble

Roses Part Two: All Hail the Queen

5 Celebrate 106

Garden Parties

Elderflower "Champagne"

Peonies: Celebration and Commemoration

Flower Crowns

Lily Lanterns

6 Harvest 134

Flowers of Importance

My Easiest Bouquet Recipes

Superhero Shrubs

Self-Sowing Salvation

7 Multiply 156

Higher-Level Math

Loaves and Fishes

Love Returns

Fluff and Filler and Other VIPs

8 Anticipate 178

Story Maker

Putting the Garden to Bed

Tulips: The Now and the Not Yet

Next Year 197

About the Author 203

Black Barn Garden Club 204

Acknowledgments 207

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A charming love letter to cultivating outdoor beauty, Garden Maker is motivation for the beginner and inspiration for the seasoned gardener."
—Myquillyn Smith, New York Times Bestselling author of Welcome Home

“Gardening is equal parts art and science, and it’s a beautiful thing to have someone walk you into their garden and show you how they meet. In Garden Maker, Christie is the gentlest of guides in the loveliest of spots. Join her for a life-giving garden walk.”
—Julie Witmer, garden designer, gardening coach, author, and photographer

“When I read Christie's enchanting book, I was reminded of John Ruskin's quip that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless. With each crafted essay, Christie invites us into the uselessness of beauty. I see this wonderful book as a quiet cultural rebellion. While society says produce, utilize, and leverage, Christie's prose whispers to us: Stop. Reflect. Delight. Reading Garden Maker nourished my spirit and inspired me to dig in the dirt. Beauty is on a comeback, and Christie is leading the charge.”
—Timothy D. Willard, theologian, novelist, and author of the The Beauty Chasers: Recapturing the Wonder of the Divine

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