Garden blogger and landscape designer Thomsen (Grocery Gardening)offers beginning gardening advice in a totally fresh way: This is a graphic guide aimed at newbie gardeners who may have cashed in their hipster chips for homeownership but haven't changed their style. The gardening basics – design, hardscape, soil, water, plant selection, care -- are covered with panache. Thomsen's voice has a sassy edge ("Getting bored with all this? Why not make a chore cootie catcher?", a real object for which there are instructions), and the full-color graphics by Am I Collective simply steal the show. The book is fittingly idiosyncratic, which will profoundly challenge any readers who prefer linear thinking, chapters that treat one subject at a time, and tables of contents that help a reader find something quickly. But the book is irresistibly flip-through and a thing of beauty that will help a new school of gardeners who don't want to do it granny's way. Simple but revolutionary, it's an amusing new way to offer Gardening 101.
Amanda Thomsen’s new book, Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You (Storey Publishing, January 2013) shakes up traditional garden book publishing. Steeped in rock and roll irreverence and sound horticultural knowledge, Amanda takes us on a journey that is practical, active, and full of energy.
A garden book for the age of graphic novels, in which wiseacre wordplay and cartoony illustrations make basic knowledge about plants and garden planning accessible to all. Behind it all is a landscaper and blogger who truly knows her stuff.
Entertaining and vibrant, Kiss My Aster goes beyond horticultural information and ideas and stirs creativity… By pairing the illustrations with handwritten-style fonts, a synergy in engendered that perfectly complements the witty text’s blend of practical tips and encouragement.
We all know trying to design your garden and keep your sanity can be a challenge. Thankfully there are experts full of comical gardening advice such as Amanda Thomsen who can successfully walk you through the steps to create a landscape tailored to your needs, wants, and style.
Zany at times, Kiss My Aster is founded on sensible advice delivered in a way that makes the reader laugh, or at least snicker, with every page tuning.
Her iconoclastic, and drenchingly colorful, new book, "Kiss My Aster", is her manifesto, her plea and promise that gardening should be one grand adventure. And, yes, you can still wow the neighbors."
This book is so well done and informative. I bought two. One for me, and one for a close friend. This lady has a great sense of humor.Published 4 months ago by Susan Benson
This was a cute, funny, informative book. I read it all the way through, and now I pick it up to reference things about plants and the rest. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cheryl Mason
I love gardening and this book is entertaining and helpful. It isn't just a how to book it has a lot of useful information.Published 14 months ago by Leslie Danielsen
This book was very entertaining. I am a seasoned gardener, so it was
not a lot of help tweaking my current garden. Read more
How lucky I was to be able to hear Amanda Thomsen's garden talk in person. No question but what I had to have the book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by paula j boese
Great gardening information in an easy to read & wonderfully illustrated book. Having problems with your garden?... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gerard Macek
Great read! Informative, fun, hilarious and I love the illustrations. I have already begun "landstalking" with my camera. Read morePublished 18 months ago by tk