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Big Dreams Small Garden Book Cover Big Dreams Small Garden
Marianne Willburn
Skyhorse Publishing
February 21, 2017

Creating a spectacular garden is challenging when you thought you'd be living somewhere else by now. How do passionate gardeners struggling with limited resources manage to put aside feelings of inadequacy and envy and begin to create an oasis in the midst of numerous obstacles? Why should they even try? In her debut book, Big Dreams, Small Garden, columnist and blogger Marianne Willburn presents a comprehensive step-by-step plan for creating an ideal garden in less-than-ideal circumstances--encouraging the discouraged to pick up their trowels, put on their gloves, and get on with it. With humor and irreverence, she painlessly guides readers to make a deeper connection with the places they call home, letting go of limiting emotions and embracing a new perspective, and in doing so, makes a case for one of the longest relationships in human history--that of man's relationship with the soil. Big Dreams, Small Garden is an informative, often lighthearted look at coming to terms with your space, embracing your space, and miraculously falling in love. It cannot fail to appeal to a generation that is once again returning to the land only to find that it is further and further out of reach.

Not your ordinary how to book

Big Dreams, Small Garden is a book that I honestly didn’t  think I would enjoy reading.  

Why?  Well, mainly because I didn’t think I had a green thumb.

I didn’t think I could be inspired to try it, either. Let me tell you – I was very wrong.  

I enjoyed this book immensely,  it is very well organized (I usually find that hard in guides, for some reason).  I especially love the way it was sectioned out. For the first time, I did not have to skip around chapters to read in a better order.  Marianne did an amazing job making sure that everything was in this book. From creating an idea to planning out what you want, working that idea into a realistic budget, applying that to figuring out if you should enlist people to help you (the best help is the free loving help of family and friends).

Being thrifty is what  I like most about creating a garden (or anything else for that matter).  I love putting my plants in recycled things that I find.  The fact that there is a whole chapter dedicated to it makes the book worth reading to me.

Two days after reading this book I really started to explore my love of succulents.  I planted as many as I could find and it became a favorite family activity. 

I  recommend “Big Dreams Small Garden” for thenovice that is just starting out to the experienced gardener.  If you need a little greenery in your home, a little colorful love to brighten up your life. GET THIS BOOK, start a new chapter, get crafty!  Find a new love!

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