I’ve been working on “The Artful Gardener”, off and on, for the last ten years – in between other books and projects that came along, teaching, family and building a new home in 2005. After living in two antique homes that already had some established gardens, our new home offered me a blank canvas on which to design and garden so what began as a wooded lot on a hillside has become a series of gardens that are truly, 100% my own creations. The experience has been exciting and fun and has allowed me to utilize many of the ideas I developed for the gardens in our two previous homes and provided me with lots of fresh ideas for this book.
Last month, Stewart, Tibori and Chang Publishers in NYC accepted my proposal for “The Artful Gardener” so finishing this book will occupy most of my time and energy for the next year. Having thought of the book as “The Artful Gardener” for so long, I now find myself trying to rename it in a more descriptive way. It really isn’t a gardening book because it doesn’t deal with plants or weed control or pruning, but it most definitely is a craft book, chock full of projects that hold the greatest appeal for gardeners . . . and people who enjoy making things.
We’ve come up with alternate titles like Crafting for the Garden, The Gardener as Craftsman, Crafty Gardens, Garden Crafts, Crafts in the Garden, Crafts for the Garden, but so far
haven’t come up with anything that rolls of the tongue easily and describes the real nature of the book. For now, I am still referring to The Artful Gardener (TAG), but hoping to come up with a better title and I ‘d love to hear any ideas you can suggest!
The projects I’ve chosen for this book are defined by simple, clear methods for working in a variety of media. I really believe that the average gardener is interested in building a trellis or two – without having to become an expert woodworker in the process. So the trellises, like all of the other projects in the book, are presented in diagrams, how-to photographs and explanations that make them easily doable by anyone with a dose of interest and motivation.
I know I have assembled more projects than we will be able to use in the final count so I plan to share some of the projects with you here on this blog. I hope you’ll follow me through this journey to the finished book.