‘Bizarre Botanicals’ offers garden options

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I don’t know about you, but I am so over this wet spring we’ve been having. As I like to say, stick a fork in me, I’m done.

Review

“Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants,”

By Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross, Timber Press

Unfortunately, I don’t have the ear of Mother Nature, so I can either whine about it, or I can start planning for all of the sunshiny days we’re going to have … really, some day.

One good way to get ready is to gather some gardening ideas, and what better way than to go to the library and check out “Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants”?

It’s a mouthful, I know. Now, maybe you’re more of a traditional gardener — nothing wrong with that.

But isn’t it fun, now and then, to look past the daisies, petunias and tulips and wonder what it would be like to grow Venus flytraps, bat face cupheas, or sensitive mimosas?

With beautiful photos and practical growing tips, “Bizarre Botanicals” encourages gardeners of all climates to do a little gardening on the weird side.

Spring is starting to look a lot more interesting after all.

Jan Johnston is the Collection Development Coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Email her at readingforfun@fvrl.org