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5 Gardening Books That You Can Read This Weekend

Take a break and enjoy the company of these must-reads

Original Article: Dagny Madamba, Paula de Guzman, and Tala Singson Photography: Dairy Darilag, Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Every gardener needs a library of books for design inspiration, floral arrangements, and even DIY plant hacks! This weekend, learn a couple of gardening tricks from professionals as you read these five gardening and landscaping books.

Main photos by Dairy Darilag and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions. Additional photo from:

Read the original article ("45 Must-Read Books”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Bring the Outdoors In: Garden Projects for Decorating and Styling Your Home by Shane Powers

Without a doubt, a touch of nature can liven up any room. Take decorating to a whole new level by turning flowers, leaves, and branches into organic décor. This book highlights 20 fresh and stunning garden projects by designer and stylist Shane Powers. Some of the projects include floral garlands, wreaths, and water gardens.

P1,048, Fully Booked

Ornamental Plants in the Landscape

Ornamental plants add a refreshing color and touch to any space. In this book, discover the artistry of plant design and how you can add life to your blooming garden. A feast for the eyes, it is a collection of stunning ornamental plant designs and landscapes from all over the world which are styled by professional landscape designers and landscape architects. Who knows? You might just find the perfect inspiration for your garden within the its pages.

P2,046, Fully Booked

Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature by Ngoc Minh Ngo

Feast your eyes on simple vignettes with an elegant but exotic sensibility. The floral arrangements featured in the book are inspired by different seasons and the local environment. Aside from the arresting setups, you will also love the photos of the interiors for which the vignettes are created for. As an added bonus, it also highlights a how-to section with tips on selection, trimming, and proper care of the arrangements, to name a few.

P1,879, Powerbooks

Tropical Gardens: Hidden Exotic Paradise by Manuela Roth

Having your own garden invites you to relax as well as appreciate nature’s beauty. In this book, designer Manuela Roth gives tips and insights on how you can achieve a stylish garden that’s modern and unique. It also features different landscapes from the various tropical regions of the world which you can do and apply at home.

P1,995, Powerbooks 

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws

Aside from being informative, we couldn’t resist the elegant botanical illustrations found in this book. If you're a history buff with a green thumb, this read is definitely a must-have. Each entry features a description of the plant, its botanical name, and its primary functions, to name a few. While we are all familiar with tea, cotton, and ricea couple of lesser-known plants are showcased, too like agave, pineapple, and sweet pea.

P844, Fully Booked

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