Moon Garden: A Guide to Creating an Evening Oasis

Chronicle. Oct. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781797219936. $19.95. GARDENING
This charming, niche volume about gardening with the moon in mind is fascinating and enchanting. Landscape designer Osofsky starts with a history lesson on moon gardening, in which she explains that using star positions and planetary orbits gave the Babylonians important information as they planned their crops. The book indicates that choosing the right plants and knowing what it means to use the lunar cycles as a guide for planting and tending can be enriching, healing, and meditative in these contemporary times as well. Osofsky points out, however, that not every element of a garden needs to be planned around the moon. The chapters on choosing plants list species characteristics and sun preferences, plus tips about fostering environments that enable wildlife to live in harmony with the garden. Osofsky also advises readers on how to establish their gardens as deeply personal retreats.
VERDICT Best suited for either proficient gardeners or novices who want to create a special space outside. The book will also please readers interested in lunar cycles or following the ebb and flow of nature and the ecosystem.
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