Letture del mese di ottobre 2014
Dalla libreria della Natura di Milano
- CREATIVE VEGETABLE GARDENING, LARKCOM J.
Joy Larkcom believes passionately that a vegetable garden, whatever its size, can be as beautiful as a conventional garden of flowers and shrubs. In Creative Vegetable Gardening she shows how the principles of good design can be applied to a kitchen plot and how to use the vibrant textures, colours, and forms of vegetables, herbs and fruit to create glorious effects and intriguing patterns without jeopardizing their productivity. Inspirational colour photographs of potagers and kitchen plots capture the essence of the creative approach to vegetable growing. Techniques are described in clear stages and illustrated with full-colour step-by-step artworks, while an A-Z directory includes more than 150 edible plants with key facts on their cultivation, supplemented with ideas on how to grow them to maximum ornamental effect. Beautifully illustrated, intricate plans of five types of potager – formal, informal, small, urban and winter – add to the wealth of inspirational information. Pagg. 208, cm 26×26, brossura., Euro 29
- LES NOUVELLES PLANTES D OMBRE POUR LE JARDIN, BASSET C.
Les plantes pour l’ombre, que ce soit des vivaces, des arbrisseaux ou des grimpantes, ont toujours suscité l’intérêt des jardiniers qui se trouvent souvent désemparés devant un coin trop sombre du jardin. Si les lierres, pervenches et autres variétés de bergénias ont eu leur heure de gloire, on assiste depuis quelques années à un renouveau sans précédent de ce type de plantes. Venues des forêts de Chine, du Japon, des États-Unis et de bien d’autres régions tempérées du globe, une foule de plantes encore méconnue mais très attrayantes est aujourd’hui disponible grâce à quelques pépiniéristes spécialisés ; quelques-unes même étant déjà parvenues dans la grande distribution, mais peu de jardiniers les ont déjà vues ou cultivées. L’auteur, lui, les cultive, quand il n’est pas allé les collecter dans la nature. Il nous livre ici les premières descriptions et des expériences de culture inédites qui font de ce livre une référence précieuse pour les amateurs, de plus en plus nombreux, de ces plantes réellement fascinantes. Pagg. 376, cm 17×22, brossura, Euro 35
- THE GENUS ERYTHRONIUM , CLENNETT C.
Erythronium, a genus of 29 species of bulbous perennials are among of the most striking spring flowering woodland plants with their slender pendent flowers, mottled arum-like leaves. Originating in North America, Europe and Japan, many cultivars are relatively easy to grow and the genus is becoming more popular as garden plants. This, the first dedicated monograph on Erythronium, is an authoritative book for gardeners, growers and breeders and a major academic work that gathers together the latest research. Based on detailed scientific research by the author for his PhD, a study that has included new research on the morphology and DNA of living material from almost all species, the core of The Genus Erythronium is the detailed account of all current identified species, most accompanied by exquisite botanical illustrations and photographs. With chapters on phytogeography, morphology, cytology, and ecology and conservation all aspects of current research are explored. A key allows each recognized species to be identified. The chapter on taxonomy gives a detailed account for each species (25 native to North America). A supplementary chapter presents accounts of the naturally occurring hybrid taxa and artificial hybrids. While some Erythronium are relatively easy to cultivate in containers and the open ground, it can be very difficult to raise high elevation species. Guidance to raising plants and ample information on many other aspects of growing are included in the chapter on cultivation. Pagg. 168, cm 20×25, rilegato, Euro 69
- WILLOW, SYME A.
Haunters of waterways and guardians of hedgerows; jewels of the garden and common companions in the fields: willows are at once the most poetic and practical of plants. For millennia they have played a key role in cultures across the northern hemisphere, forming baskets, furniture, fences and walls; treating illnesses; and becoming objects of artistic celebration in Monet’s paintings and Shakespeare’s tragedies. The genus Salix is now increasingly used for soil stabilization and biofuel, highlighting willows’ continued importance in the present day. Willow tells the rich tale of this many-sided plant, exploring its presence in literature, art and human history. Linked with life and death, grief and joy, toil and play, necessity and ornament, the willow has, in different times and places, functioned as a mirror of and participant in almost every facet of human existence. Although willows have been put to manifold practical uses, Alison Syme argues powerfully that we must also heed their poetic lessons: willows have much to teach us about living, dying and loving, hybridizing and enriching our world and protecting the environment. This well-illustrated book leads us from Monet’s willows to Tang poetry, and from uses in medicine to environmental protection, in a seamless account of the special place this tree holds in world culture. Willow will appeal to anyone interested in gardens, the environment or the cultural history of plants. Pagg. 224, cm 14×22, brossura, Euro 24
- HUMPHRY REPTON, MAYER L.
Humphry Repton (1752-1818) ambitiously styled himself Capability Brown’s successor: the century’s next great improver of landed property. With his rare combination of skills – he was a talented topographical sketcher with a unique ability to judge the shifting needs of his patrons – over thirty years Repton amassed an incredible four hundred commissions; his famous Red Books, illustrated to help clients visualise the potential of their properties, did much to encourage the appreciation of landscape aesthetics, especially among the rising middle classes. With colourful illustrations and detailed site investigations, this book traces Repton’s landscape designs from Picturesque wildernesses like Blaise Castle to the progressive Gardenesque style of Endsleigh in Devon. It is both a perfect visitor’s guide to the gardens and an introduction to the theory of Repton’s work. Pagg. 64, cm 15×21, brossura, Euro 11
Presentato a Orticolario
- Arturo Croci e Giovanni Serra “Floricoltura italiana. Storie, uomini, aziende” (Mursia, 2014)
gli autori ripercorrono in questo volume, per la prima volta, la storia della floricoltura italiana dalle origini ai nostri giorni tracciandone le tappe fondamentali e fornendo un ritratto di tutti gli uomini che hanno fatto conoscere la produzione floreale italiana nel mondo. Senza tralasciare i riferimenti alle riviste, ai libri, ai premi, agli eventi e alle manifestazioni che negli ultimi decenni hanno segnato il mondo della floricoltura nel nostro Paese e che danno l’idea di un settore ancora vivo e in espansione.
Presentato a Villa Necchi
- Paolo Pejrone, Le foglie d’autunno, Electa, 2014, 160 pp, 29 euro
Sono sedici i giardini tra Piemonte, Lombardia, Toscana, Emilia e Lazio, selezionati e descritti dall’architetto Paolo Pejrone e fotografati da Dario Fusaro. Comunicato stampa
Segnalato su il Domenicale
- Alain Corbin, La Douceur de l’ombre. L’arbre, source d’émotions, de l’Antiquité à nos jours, Paris, Fayard e Flammarion, pagg, 400, € 11,00
Leggi la recensione di Carlo Ossola http://rassegnastampapagineculturali.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/carlo-ossola-gli-alberi-che-noi-siamo/
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