Picks and Pans Review: The Scented Room Gardening Notebook

UPDATED 06/04/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/04/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Barbara Milo Ohrbach

Using seductive pictures from her best-selling The Scented Room, Ohrbach has produced a notebook that exudes charm. The cover photograph of a weathered Adirondack chair in a field of white wild-flowers is so evocative, you can almost hear the bees buzzing. The photos of gardening details are set off by fuchsia endpapers and tinted 19th-ccntury botanical engravings. The book is divided into eight parts, with such topics as flowers, herbs and horticultural sources, and lines for what, where and when you've planted and when to fertilize, spray and prune. There is a limited supply of graph paper for laying out garden designs and a monthly calendar for chores. Still, one yearns for a more flexible loose-leaf format and tabs to locate sections. And copious note-takers will find the writing space limited. Nevertheless, the pages are so pretty that it will make keeping meticulous records a delight. (Potter, $15.95)

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