I first learned about author Matt Mattus last November when the New England Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society posted an upcoming event on our BostonGardens.com website.
According to information received, the former president of the North American Rock Garden Society, Mr. Mattus was scheduled to give a talk on a botanical trip he had taken to China.
Then in December, I received the offer of a preview copy of his new book, “Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening,” scheduled to be released at the beginning of this year. The press information promised that the book “takes gardening to a new level.”
The book has arrived and I am enchanted. The photographs are amazing and some of them look like works of art. It’s interesting that the word “art” stands out on the book cover title. I have to be honest and admit that I’ve not had the opportunity to read it cover to cover, as I keep glancing though the pages enjoying the interesting, colorful photos.
I am intrigued by the accompanying press information: “Prepare to encounter new varieties of common plant species, learn their history and benefits, and, most of all, identify fascinating new edibles to grow in your own gardens…. [The book] offers a wealth of new and exciting opportunities, alongside beautiful photography, lore, insight, and humor that can only come from someone who has grown each vegetable himself and truly loves gardening.
“There’s over 200 varieties of vegetables and herbs from the 50 most popular plant groups, and the book has been thoughtfully curated to tell you how, where, and why to grow each vegetable.
“Take artichokes, for example: there’s nearly a dozen varieties of seed options that are suitable for home growing in just about any climate with separate and unique benefits and characteristics…. Other popular and fascinating vegetables include: Asian greens, cowpeas, carrots and parsnips, potatoes, parsley, the tomato, and more….”
I like that the book has an index. A vegetable I have never heard of before, “celtuce” intrigues me. How many others will I discover? I have the feeling that, going forward, this book is going to become my primary vegetable reference book.
So much to learn!