Shawna Coronado – Grow a Living Wall (2015, Cool Springs Press/Quarto Publishing Group USA, Quayside Publishing Group)
According to the book’s subtitle, Shawna Coronado’s Grow a Living Wall focuses on “vertical gardens with purpose” – and, boy, does it ever, with imaginative style and flair. Featuring twenty themed designs, including walls for bees and other pollinators, veggies and herbs, and aromatherapy, I was instantly taken with the sumptuous photography and the creativity of the ideas. There is a vertical garden here for every size and space: fabric pocket gardens, mini gardens for instant curb appeal, and moss and fern arrangements for shady spots. There are gardens made from old pallets and sparkling glass mason jars – and my personal favourite, a repurposed bookcase mounted on a fence (I do work at a library, after all!). 🙂 You’ll find a therapeutic herb garden, a mixologist’s dream garden, one with houseplants for the indoor office, and several plans ideal for the patio or deck or a glamourous outdoor room. Coronado does a fantastic job of offering clear, easy to follow, step-by-step building instructions, recipes for plant selection and complete care and maintenance tips. If you have a small space or just want to grow “up,” you’ll love the designs and ideas in Grow a Living Wall.
(The publisher generously provided copies of Grow a Living Wall for me to review, but I was not compensated for my opinion).
I have one extra copy of Shawna Coronado’s Grow a Living Wall to give away! If you’re interested, please leave me a comment below – you can tell me what type of living wall you’d like to create (or have created!) in your garden, or just drop me a “count me in,” or “yes,” for your chance to win. Contest closes at midnight, MST, on Friday, May 15, 2015. (And yes, it is open to everyone!). I will announce the winner on Monday, May 18, 2015.