In the BNOTP Library: The Gardener’s Life by Larry Sheehan

When I order a new book from Amazon, one of the first things I do when it arrives is lift off the dust jacket to see how the book looks underneath. I absolutely love it when a book has a fabulous cover, one that would look wonderful on my bookshelf if one day the dust jacket became damaged or worn.

Some of my favorite covers are those that completely mimic the dust jacket with a cover that’s the exact same image. I also love covers that are fabric, just love how they feel. Then there was the book I shared recently,  Decorating With White, with a wicker image cover that actually FEELS like real wicker. How they pulled that one off, I’ll never know!

Anyone else do this, peek under the dust jacket when shopping in a book store or pull off the dust jacket as soon as a book arrives in the mail to see what’s hiding underneath? Sometimes it’s a wonderful surprise and nothing you would ever expect.

The book I’m sharing today, The Gardener’s Life, was a fun surprise. Not sure what I expected but the bright spring green cover with pretty script lettering on the front and nice bold lettering on the spine was a fun surprise. It pass the cover test because it would look great on a bookshelf, even minus its cover.

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In the BNOTP Library: The Gardener’s Life: Inspired Plantsmen, Passionate Collectors, and Singular Visions in the World of Gardening
Author: Laurence Sheehan
Hardcover: 240 pages
Book size: 12 x 9.4 x 0.9


3 Things I Like About This Book:

  • Pictures are wonderful, absolutely wonderful. I so badly want to walk through the partially opened greenhouse door on page 4o, stroll through the fabulous garden on pages 98/99, dive into the garden library on page 102, and curl up in one of the cozy chairs in the beautiful room on pages 118/119!
  • Plenty of beautiful drool-worthy interiors. All that beauty in the garden can’t help but spill over and influence the inside of the gardener’s home. This book really encompasses how a love for gardening influences our lives in so many ways.
  • There’s a small resource section in the back with the names and addresses of plantsmen, museums, antique and garden shoppes.

You can read more about, The Gardener’s Life: Inspired Plantsmen, Passionate Collectors, and Singular Visions in the World of Gardening and preview it at Amazon where I normally buy my books, via the picture link below.


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In the BNOTP Library


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  1. I love the smell of new books and I also remove the cover. You have a great collection.

  2. Pam ~ CC says

    I’m rather late to the game where gardening is concerned, but I sure am enjoying it, now that I’m involved. I love architectural interest in a garden and am trying to come up with some ideas to incorporate some things into my landscaping. The flower on that cover is so interesting, with it’s speckling.

    Susan, did you get your yucky chores done? I’ve been ‘Spring Cleaning’ all day. Well, I say, ‘all day.’ I don’t have as much steam as I used to so there were a lot of breaks involved. 😉 Still, I got a good bit accomplished so I’m pleased.

    Btw, I never did report back to you with my cow knowledge. Did you know there are over 800 breeds? I had no idea! The Ankole Watusi really freaks me out with it’s giant horns. The Swiss are so sweet looking. But I still like those Highlands with their crazy dreadlocks that you introduced me to. They remind me a bit of French Salers, though Salers have shorter hair. It’s cute and curly! Like a short cropped poodle. 😀

  3. bobbi duncan says

    Hi Susan, Isn’t it funny the things that make us happy? I always check and am disappointed when the hardcover is just a plain old book, mainly because, like you, I want the book to have the same appearance should the cover get old and worn. Plus, it’s so much easier to locate the book. Books are such an important part of life for most people; they take us to places and memories. I have a cache of garden pictures sorted by seasons and, when I wish to transport myself, especially during the dreary winter days, I just look at them and feel cheerful. I just became aware of a magazine titled Southern Lady. The latest issue has an article about St. Francisville, LA. that was interesting and made me think about you and the wonderful things you got to see on your trip there.

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