As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast:
Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon by Linda Holden
This book came out in 2020, and I'm a huge Bunny Mellon fan - so I was very excited to order my copy. Now what's special about this book is that it shares Bunny's personal advice, her philosophy about design, many of her wonderful sayings, and her approach to the garden.
Now another thing that readers of this book will like is the way that it's organized — because chapters are organized by elements of the garden. So you might have a chapter on climate, space, shape, atmosphere, or even light — and so on and so forth.
Now the effect of this is that you feel like Bunny is right there with you, helping you to see both these elements more clearly and appreciate the important role that they play in your garden design.
Now, before I continue, I just wanted to take a quick second and share with you a little bit about Bunny's personal story.
When Bunny was alive, her favorite thing to do was to design a garden. Her husband, Paul Mellon, was one of America's wealthiest men. Together, Bunny and Paul, maintained five homes in New York, Cape Cod Nantucket and Tigua and Upperville Virginia.
In addition to designing the gardens for all of her own homes. Bunny designed gardens for some of her closest friends and celebrities. Now the author of this book, Linda Holden, is really the perfect person to help preserve Bunny's legacy and all the tips and insights that she pulled together during her lifetime. Linda wrote another book about Bunny Mellon that I recommended back in January of last year. That book is called The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, and it features most of the gardens that Bunny created.
Now to my way of thinking, this book was the natural followup to that first book because now Linda is sharing all of Bunny’s Garden secrets with us — her secrets to garden design — and it's like having a master class in design with Bunny Mellon. And so, I personally want to thank Linda Holden for that, because as I already mentioned, I'm a huge Bunny Mellon fan.
Linda's book is 176 pages of garden secrets from the late great Bunny Mellon.
You can get garden secrets of Bunny Mellon by Linda Holden and support the show using the Amazon link in today's show notes for around $16.
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