Wednesday, January 2, 2013

hot off the presses

I am happy to announce that my new book The Edible Landscape, published by Voyageur Press is here ahead of schedule! One hundred and sixty colorful pages of photos and sketches, tips and tricks, ideas and inspiration; all in hopes of helping you add a little bit of flavor to your yard.

Most of the photos in the book were taken at local gardens around the Twin Cities area. Many thanks to the individuals and organizations who graciously welcomed me and my fabulous photographer and art directors into their gardens. Many agreed to plant specific things so we would be able to get the shots we needed. They gave us access at ridiculously early hours so we could catch just the right light. And they welcomed us back week after week in order to get the perfect coloring on a plum, capture the zinnias in full bloom, and of course harvest lots of chard! Huge thanks go out to The University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Jane and Jim Gilbert, Maureen Hark and Blue House Garlic, Charlene McEvoy and Doug Olson, Laura McGuire and McGuire's Urban Farm, Theresa Rooney, Dawn Spraungel, and Julie Weisenhorn. This book couldn't have happened without your generosity.

Of course the beautiful photos wouldn't have happened without Paul Markert, photographer extraordinaire. His vision, patience and flexibility contributed not only to a beautiful book, but also made the process really fun for me.

All the talented people I've been working with at Voyageur Press have been very supportive, flexible and accommodating to my many whims, visions and persnickety details. And they put together one heck of a beautiful product that I am really, really proud of.

Finally, I owe endless thanks to my family, friends and colleagues who read over various chapters, confirming my statements, catching mistakes, and pointing out just how many times I use certain words over and over. I sound like a much smarter person thanks to all of you.

The Edible Landscape is available at all the usual online outlets; however... in keeping with the local flavor of the book, please stop into your local bookstore or garden center and ask them to order it for you. Let's support our local shop owners!

With that said, go out and get the book and start planning for spring!

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