A Woman's Garden: Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things - Plants and Projects for Home, Health, Beauty, Healing, and More (Paperback)
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In A Woman’s Garden, the creative force behind LovelyGreens.com, Tanya Anderson, shares inspiring ways to use the power of plants for home and health—with helpful growing advice and step-by-step instructions for creating over 35 inspiring projects, edibles, and art from your garden.
Gardens grow more than just pretty flowers. They grow well-being and a deeper connection with nature. Gardens can also produce plant material for creating homemade skincare, natural dyes, artisan crafts, delicious foods and beverages, and medicines—homegrown ways to create a wholesome lifestyle.
Making things with your hands and heart, and then sharing the fruits of your labors with friends and family, is both satisfying and soul-stirring. Learn how to grow dozens of plants and then transform them into gorgeous items to nurture yourself or gift to others, including:
- Using onion skins to dye wool
- Alkanet root and lavender soap
- Soapwort multipurpose cleaner
- Rose petal facial mist
- Edible flower frittata
- Healing calendula skin salve
- Paper mache leaf lanterns
- Chamomile tincture
- Gardening projects, including a herb spiral, strawberry pallet planter, and more
About the Author
Tanya Anderson is an organic gardener, soap maker, beekeeper, and beauty producer on the Isle of Man in the UK. Tanya is the creative force behind the website and YouTube channel Lovely Greens. Followers subscribe to her for her creative garden ideas and positive, friendly personality.
When she's not publishing gardening and plant-based beauty ideas, she's retailing her own line of beauty products. Lovely Greens Handmade crafts natural soaps, beeswax skincare products, and candles. She also hosts monthly creative workshops, is a regular gardening-guest on an a local radio station, and helps manage an allotment (community garden).
"An inspiring, galvanizing, and hugely practical guide to growing and using your garden for health and wellbeing, both inside and out. This will help anybody to understand the healing nature of plants and how the relationship between women and our gardens can benefit both us and the plants we nurture." —Frances Tophill, presenter for BBC Gardeners' World and ITV's Love Your Garden
"What a delightful book this is - full of fresh, exciting ideas and filled with projects for anyone who loves their garden. It does what all good gardening books should do, which is to make you want to rush out to your own plot and start planting." —Constance Craig Smith, Garden Media Guild co-chair
"This book is a treat for the eyes and felt like balm for the mind. Filled with beautiful, rich photographs and tours through cleverly designed gardens from eight creative female gardeners. It offers a perfect mix of information, inspiration, and ideas to try at home."—Liz Zorab, author of Grounded, and gardening personality behind Byther Farm
"A Woman’s Garden is an inspiring, beautiful, and also practical book. It taps into today’s desire to grow our own food and create things from plants, such as homemade skincare, candles, and plant dyes. There are eight gardeners and their gardens featured, each of which specializes in a different plant food or craft, plus useful projects as to how to make soap, planters, floral ice-cubes, and more. And Tanya explains how to start growing and using plants in an easy-to-follow and readable way." —Alexandra Campbell of the Middlesized Garden
‘ A celebration of femininity in the garden and an innovative and important book, this will expand the horizons of seasoned gardeners, while being accessible for beginners.’
—Jack Wallington, RHS The Garden