Book Reviews by Mariska Young


December Book Review by Mariska Young

Designing With Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin

Succcculents offer dazzling possibilities and require very little maintenance to remain lush and alluring year-round. No one knows them better than the Queen of Succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin. This new, completely revised edition of her bestselling classic is a design compendium that is as practical as it is inspirational. Designing with Succulents shares design and cultivation basics, hundreds of succulent plant recommendations, and 50 companion plant profiles. Lavishly illustrated with 400 photographs, you’ll find everything you need to visualize, create, and nurture a thriving, water-smart succulent garden.





The Cut Flower Garden

Erin Benzakein is a florist-farmer, leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement, and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm in Washington’s lush Skagit Valley.

A stunning flower book: This beautiful gardening book and guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round provides readers with vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms and cut flowers to create show-stopping arrangements. It makes a beautiful gift for any occasion, for friends, loved ones and gardening lovers alike!

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a flower gardening book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. Find inspiration in this lush flower book:

  • Irresistible photos of Erin’s flower farm that showcase exquisite blooms

  • Tips for growing in a variety of spaces and climates

  • Step-by-step instructions for lavish garlands, airy centerpieces, and romantic florist design and décor for every season.

  • Available in hardcover from Amazon and can be downloaded from Kindle.


The Well-Tended Perennial Garden

Book Report by Mariska Young
June 2019

“The Well-Tended Perennial Garden”
The essential guide to planting and pruning, techniques.
by Tracy DiSabato-Aust

Whether you are a new gardener or a green thumb “The Well-Tended Perennial Garden” will help you successfully plan, plant and tend your garden. This guide includes thorough details on the essential practices of perennial care including deadheading, pinching, and thinning, along with growing information for specific species and cultivars. It includes a monthly planting and maintenance schedule and details on native plants and gardening for wildlife.