*Starred Review* No longer is there any excuse for not using foliage and flowers inside a home. According to author, expert garden designer, and TV host Smith, simply pick from the 63 ways to connect with nature. Each tip, a few paragraphs in length, is an exhortation of sorts, ranging from set a scene and adopt a no-fail houseplant (hint: mothers’-in-law tongues work even in the dimmest of light) to cluster containers for bold effect and show off plant’s stem. Lavish color photographs illustrate almost every tip. Not enough? Look for two-sentence (or so) boxed advice. Or a series of sidebars headlined Collections, with notes and pictures on such discoveries as begonias, Paris porcelain, and baskets, among many others. Want even more? A generous handful of recipes, paperwhites in a glass container and harvest home display, for two, enable more creative gardeners to showcase easy-to-complete handiwork.A fun-filled how-to retort to those who claim the black-thumb syndrome. Resources guide; suggested readings. --Barbara Jacobs
About the Author
P. ALLEN SMITH is a popular television personality and a bestselling author as well as one of America’s best-known garden designers and lifestyle contributors. Host of the weekly public television show P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, the syndicated television program P. Allen Smith Gardens, and gardening reports on The Weather Channel, he also makes regular appearances on the Today show.
His creative ideas help people blend the beauty of the garden with the comfort of their homes. Recipient of numerous national gardening awards, Allen has been featured in many national magazines and newspapers.