LISA ACOR LAUREL knows firsthand the necessity of letting go of relationships that aren't working-letting go and moving on to mystery, adventure, and fulfillment. In this memoir, she narrates her escape from an abusive relationship and how she found healing and self-discovery through her faith and trust in God.
"Love in the Gardens of Macantar" delivers a series of personal journal entries chronicling Laurel's journey from codependency, addiction, self-pity, and blame to a life of happiness, contentment, and taking responsibility for her actions. It captures her progress through one year of healing, and it sheds light on Laurel's inner-self, the great significance of her journey, and how she found her true passion in gardening.
Inspiring and uplifting, Laurel's testimony offers hope for a prosperous, productive, and fulfilling life after leaving an abusive relationship. Realizing that happiness is not a luxury, it is a responsibility, "Love in the Gardens of Macantar" shows there is a new beginning after the end.
A Cultural History of Gardens presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. This set of six volumes covers over 2500 years of gardens as physical, social and artistic spaces. 1. A Cultural History of Gardens in Antiquity 2. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age 3. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Renaissance 4. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Enlightenment 5. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire 6. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Modern Age Each volume discusses the same themes in its chapters: 1. Design 2. Types of Gardens 3. Planting 4. Use and Reception 5. Meaning 6. Verbal Representations 7. Visual Representations 8. Gardens and the Larger Landscape This structure means readers can either have a broad overview of a period by reading a volume or follow a theme through history by reading the relevant chapter in each volume. Superbly illustrated, the full six volume set combines to present the most authoritative and comprehensive survey available on gardens through history.
We've all admired our neighbor's gorgeous gardens filled with flowering perennials and longed to recreate their beauty in our own back yard. But if we're being honest, when it comes to gardening, most of us have no idea where to begin. Additionally, in these economic times, who can afford to hire an expert to come in and do the job for us? That said, regular folks all across North America and Europe are returning to the soil, shovels in hand. With the help of this book, there is absolutely no need to fly blind into the world of green thumbs, perennials, and herbs. The name--Garden Guide: A No Nonsense, No PhD Guide to Great Gardens with Hand-Holding How To's for Beginners and Straightforward Instruction for Advanced Gardeners-truly says it all. Indeed, this book is the hand-holding garden guide that will walk even the most timid novice right through the gardening process from beginning to end. In addition to straight forward, practical advice in everyday language, you will love the stories and anecdotes Olver shares from her fifteen years of backyard, organic gardening adventures. Easy and entertaining, you'll probably read this book in one sitting, but you'll reference it for years to come. The beauty of Garden Guide is that Olver divides her advice into two sections: Beginning Gardeners and Advanced Gardeners. No matter what your skill level, there are simple explanations, tips, and tricks that will walk you through every aspect of the garden process. Garden Guide features details such as: Everything you need to know about location, from sunlight to drainage to selecting just the right spot How to understand soil types, how to amend and condition them pH levels and soil testing broken down in simple terms Step by Step guide for planning your PERFECT garden no matter where the location Fertilizing made manageable with explanations for all those numbers and organic alternatives Composting broken down so you can start immediately Pests obliterated with loads of organic suggestions The basics of garden maintenance from deadheading to dividing perennials Loads of helpful website suggestions for purchasing plants online, getting ideas, locating county extension offices, perennial databases and so much more. Gardening terms are defined in language you will both understand and rememberIf you have time to read only one book on gardening, this is the book to choose. Short enough not to feel like an encyclopedia and just long enough to wet your gardening appetite, Olver has woven basic garden science and practical ideas for everyday people into each page. With her warm, inviting, no-nonsense instruction, you will be amazed how simple and doable gardening really is. Not only will it thoroughly educate you in basic gardening, Garden Guide will send you well on your way toward beautiful perennials gardens and leave you inspired and hungry to begin planting in your own patch of earth.
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