Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Art & Culture: Everyday Eden: 100+ Fun, Green Garden Projects for the Whole Family to Enjoy by Christina Symons and John Gillespie

When it comes to gift giving, Everyday Eden (Harbour) is on a par with the best of travel and food books. Whether or not your giftee has any intention of gardening (or traveling or cooking) sometimes it’s nice to just curl up with a great book on the subject and imagine what profound change you could manifest in your life… if only the weather would change and you could pry yourself out of your chair! And when it comes to that sort of book, Everyday Eden is one that may well make it worth the effort.

The cover is a little misleading: Everyday Eden looks quite a bit like a garden book. A good one, but still. Even the most cursory glance, however, shows you how little you knew. Want to make a terrific barbecue rub? A lavender wreath? An herbal sea salt scrub? Ferns from cuttings? Salad dressing? A stylish frozen ice bowl? Grow moss. Or a live willow fence. This is a fantastic book, filled with great ideas and as good -- and probably better -- than any book I’ve seen in this category.

Artfully photographed and lovingly created, give this to the person on your list with an artsy leaning or the green-focused family truly trying to recreate their space as their own. ◊

Sienna Powers is a transplanted Calgarian who lives and works in Vancouver, B.C. She is a writer and conceptual artist.

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