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At the end of the day, what better place is there to kick back, chill out and make the world go away, than in your own backyard garden? Plant and cocktail lover C. L. Fornari shows how easy it is to create a garden atmosphere that sets the mood for private relaxation or festive occasions with friends. With a wise and witty text, mood-setting plant lists, botanical drink recipes and luscious photographs, The Cocktail Hour Garden reveals the simple secrets to creating an evening pleasure garden. This personalizing of the garden experience is what the new buzzwords “garden-tainment” and “garden-to-glass” are all about.
|Publisher:||St. Lynn's Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
C. L. Fornari is a writer, professional speaker and radio host. Author of six gardening books, including “Coffee for Roses” (St. Lynn’s 2014). In 2013 she won silver awards from The Garden Writers Association in the categories of Broadcast Media, Radio and Electronic Media, Blog and Website. She hosts two Saturday radio shows: “The Garden Lady” on Boston’s WRKO and “GardenLine” on WXTK, both streamed online, and has been a frequent contributor to NPR’s “The Cultivated Gardener.” The author manages a blog, Whole Life Gardening, and the website, gardenlady.com. She resides in Cape Cod, MA.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Return of "The Green Hour" i
Chapter 1 The Cocktail Hour Garden 1
Chapter 2 Fragrance 21
Chapter 3 Illumination 39
Chapter 4 Sunset: After-Twilight Plants and Lighting 57
Chapter 5 Planting for Butterflies 71
Chapter 6 Attracting the Birds 89
Chapter 7 Conversations with Faith, Air, Fire, Water and Sky 107
Chapter 8 The Green Hour Vegetable Garden: cocktail hour grazing 127
Chapter 9 Herbs, Flowers and Other Beverage ingredients 145
About the Author 176
What People are Saying About This
"The Cocktail Hour Garden reminds us that gardens are meant to be savored, and that there is no better place to enjoy the day's "closing ceremony" than our own backyard. Let C.L. Fornari be your clever and inventive guide to creating the perfect retreat for enjoying your evening cocktail and the life around you." – Amy Stewart, author of THE DRUNKEN BOTANIST: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
"What a fun concept for a book and what a great read it is! C.L Fornari invites us to join her for cocktails in the garden, where she introduces us to fun facts about all manner of subjects: plant-based drinks, crepuscular insects, evening illuminations, and scented, tactile and night-blooming plants, to name just a few. Enjoy!"
– Julie Moir Messervy, Landscape Designer and author of Landscape Ideas That Work
"If C.L. Fornari did a rewrite of the phone book, I would want to read it and, especially, have her on my show to discuss it."