Grocery Gardening

A few of my friends have collaborated on a new book, Grocery Gardening, just out from Cool Springs Press. I love the book’s clever name, evoking as it does a central reason why so many Americans are gardening again–to grow affordable food.

Hmmm… maybe the “grocery gardening” phrase will become as common as victory or kitchen garden? Time will tell.

The photos–like the cover shot at right–are gorgeous, the information is practical, and it’s all presented in a cheerful tone. Personally, I’d liked to have seen more of the authors’ colorful, distinctive personalities reflected in the text, but it’s a fun contribution to the gardening dialogue.

Congratulations to the authors!

UPDATE: Teresa O’Connor (a.k.a. the warm, witty and wise @seasonalwisdom and a member of the 2010 RW&G Registry) is one of the gardeners behind Grocery Gardening. Right now she’s got a giveaway going on at her blog. Want a shot at winning a free copy next weekend?  Go check it out!


  1. We here at Horticulture got our review copy yesterday and it’s met with good reviews all around. Two art directors were drooling over the gorgeous cover art, and one of them immediately pointed out the clever layout of the book as computer screens/tabs, etc.

    I hear what you’re saying about wanting a bit more of each contributor’s personality to shine through (they’re amazing women!) but that’s always a tough balance on collaborations.

    I give it a personal thumbs up!

    • The layout is especially “fresh,” agreed! I think the visuals will appeal particularly to “newbie” gardeners–which is great and, I think, part of the authors’ intention. (As you know, more traditional garden book designs can veer toward being too static, scientific and sort of dry. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…)

  2. Pamela and Patty:

    Your opinions mean a lot, so I’m delighted to read what you thought about the book. Thanks for promoting the free book giveaway contest. (Hey, folks, get on over there, you only have until Feb. 14 to enter…)

    For me personally, I enjoyed the community aspect of the book. It was quite cool how readers across the globe were interacting in real-time with the authors during the process. Just another example of how social media is making the world a smaller place.

    By the way, I agree with Jean Ann completely … when you want a little more of this particular personality, you just let me know. It would be my pleasure… Warm regards, Teresa (aka Seasonal Wisdom)

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