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The heirloom gardener : traditional plants & skills for the modern world / John Forti ; illustrations by Mary Azarian, Patricia Wakida.

Forti, John, (author.). Azarian, Mary, (illustrator.). Wakida, Patricia, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library 635 FOR (Text) 33500013421284 New In transit -
McIntosh Public Library 635 FOR (Text) 33500013421276 New Checked out 08/12/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781604699937
  • ISBN: 1604699930
  • Physical Description: 263 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Summary, etc.:
An award-winning heirloom specialist, garden historian, ethnobotanist and writer offers this wood-block illustrated, alphabetical compendium of heirloom flowers and artisanal crafts like distilling and wreath-making to help inspire gardeners to connect with the natural world.
Forti celebrates gardening as a craft, and shares the plants, lore, and traditional practices that link us with our environment and each other. Arranged alphabetically from angelica to zucchini, the brief chapters are a trove of garden history to different elements of the craftsmanship behind building an heirloom garden-- and a happy homestead. -- adapted from back cover and Introduction.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 May #2
    In this collection of essays, Forti aims to encourage people to connect with the land and plants, providing inspiration through his experiences and reflections. Forti's work as a historical gardener informs his approach, which is enhanced by the beautiful wood block print artwork that accompanies each essay and illustrates key ideas throughout the book. Each essay addresses an individual plant (such as angelica or zucchini) or plant-related concept (such as the language of flowers or xeriscaping). The fairly broad range of topics combined with this specific style of artwork give the book the feel of an old herbal, where the subject matter is driven more by the author's interests than a desire to be comprehensive or methodical. While there is plenty of information here about particular plants, this is less a guide and more a series of ruminations on the author's experiences with these plants and methods. Though the artwork forms an integral part of this book, the artists, Mary Azarian and Patricia Wakida, are curiously only credited on the copyright page. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

John Forti is an award-winning heirloom specialist, garden historian, ethnobotanist, garden writer, and local foods advocate. He is executive director of Bedrock Gardens, an artist-inspired public sculpture garden and landscape in Lee, New Hampshire, and the recipient of a national 2020 Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs. He is also a regional governor and biodiversity specialist for Slow Food USA, a national chapter of Slow Food, a global organization and international grassroots movement that connects food producers and consumers to champion local agriculture, farmers markets, and traditional, regional cuisine. Visit him, The Heirloom Gardener, at

Subject: Heirloom varieties (Plants)
Vegetable gardening > Seeds.
Fruit-culture > Seeds.
Herbs > Seeds.
GARDENING / Techniques.
Genre: Gardening.

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