Laura C. Martin is the author of 26 books that span a 40 year career. She paints and writes from Atlanta, Georgia where she’s lived throughout her life. Gardening and art was cultivated in her from a young age with parents who enjoyed both and over the years she adapted writing her books to also illustrating them, too. Her latest is A Naturalist’s Book of Wildflowers, which she illustrated herself. In it are beautiful paintings of the specimens she chose to highlight as well as wonderfully detailed information about each plant species from their range, wildlife partners, and their cultural history and botanical uses. I think you’ll love our conversation and want to add her book to your field guide collection.
Photographer Caitlin Atkinson and writer and garden podcast/radio host Jennifer Jewell teamed up to bring fabulous gardens of the American West to the rest of the garden world. In Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast, we see the diversity of the western landscape beyond the 100th Meridian. Caitlin and Jennifer speak on the podcast about the creation of the book, the work involved to capture the gardens on the ground during a pandemic and how they coordinated to put the book together of this magnitude when they were often not even in the same state. Each page will have you gleaning inspiration and ideas to bring to your own garden.
A black vulture seen at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. January 1, 2021.
Today I’m walking y’all through how I use the citizen science app, iNaturalist! I hope it inspires you to get out and start logging nature around you! Have questions on what I talk about? Feel free to comment below and I can attempt to help you out!