Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Antique Garden Books
I love antiques and anything that reminds me of the past; garden books are no exception. Like most of you, I have quite a large variety of garden books, but the ones that are most special are from another era.
Recently my mother gave me a little garden book that was first published in 1945 by Whitman Publishing Company. My parents were married in 1946 so I think it was new to her, possibly a gift - I forgot to ask.
This darling little book is only 2 and half inches high by 4 and a half inches long. Inside the cover is written the price -- 25 cents! Now that's a bargain, but considering my mother made 35 cents an hour back then, it took some careful thought for someone to spend that kind of money on a book.
This precious book also had companion books available - A Guide to Field Flowers and A Guide to Woodland Flowers. Oh, how I wish I could find those. Maybe someday I'll come across them in an antique shop.
Flower books are eternally up-to-date. There may be new fertilizers, garden tools, garden clothing, and professional soil blends available to us now, but a particular plant will always and forever need the same amount of sunlight and rain to flourish. So don't be afraid to collect wonderful antique garden books; they're such a joy to read. Knowing that my mother studied this little book as a young wife while planning her garden makes it even more special to me.
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