Time to... Create NB & PEI
We don't get around as much as we used to. But on the upside, that leaves a little more Time to… Create. We've got a book collection for that. Here are some excellent local books to help you unleash your inner artist:
Colouring is becoming a serious pasttime for all ages. Increasingly, studies have shown that the health benefits to colouring appear to be as good as the benefits of meditation. In a unique, easy-to-pack, format, Colour Prince Edward Island is a new book that will create hours of fun for the whole family.
Nadine Staaf is a nature-inspired colouring book illustrator, living and working in beautiful Prince Edward Island with her husband and their son. Originally from British Columbia, Nadine's art has most recently been influenced by the contrasting environment of P.E.I., which is prominently displayed in her newest book, Colouring Prince Edward Island.
Colouring is for Grownups
IKWE Indigenous Art Colouring Book, by Anishinaabe artist Jackie Traverse, features stunning images celebrating spiritual and ceremonial aspects of women and their important role as water protectors. An Indigenous art colouring book for adults and children featuring brand new works.
“I had the privilege of going to Standing Rock twice. The strength and power that came from the women there inspired this book. To be a woman is to be a life giver and water protector. Even if you never have children, you have that sense, and the duty to honour and protect the water is within you,” writes Traverse. Jackie Traverse is the mother of three daughters and a grandmother to Lily. She is an Anishinaabe multi-disciplined artist working in video, sculpture, mixed media and paint.
Plant a Little Garden
These are just some of the philosophical gardening questions pondered in this heartfelt and gorgeously designed book. An informed and personal reflection on gardening in Canada from the country's preeminent horticultural expert, Escape to Reality goes beyond the hows that are the focus of most gardening books and explores the whys. In short, narrative essays, topics range from garden and nature as therapy to who we are as gardeners and what life values we gain through the experience of gardening. It also includes some practical tips for cultivating and coexisting with your garden. Co-written with son, Ben Cullen, bestselling author and horticultural consultant Mark Cullen's newest book is sure to find a home on the shelves of mindful gardeners across the country, and beyond. Proceeds benefit the Highway of Heroes. Includes original illustrations.
The rich soils and climate of Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley are home to over 150 types of flowers, grasses, and foliage from May until November. As a flower farmer, Amanda Muis Brown of Humble Burdock Farms uses her innate understanding of the unpredictable Maritime growing season and a palette of farm fresh flowers to create stunning and joyful designs with all of the colour, chaos, and texture of the natural world.
With lyrical, narrative text, From Seed to Centrepiece takes readers through a year on the farm, showcasing the joys and obstacles of planning, growing, maintaining, and celebrating local flowers. Divided into seasonal chapters, subdivided by month, readers will learn what is growing and when; what to look out for, how to prepare, cultivate, and enjoy their own flower gardens. Includes profiles of the author's favourite flowers, as well as sidebars on farm wildlife, tips and tricks for keeping your cut flowers beautiful. Complete with over 300 stunning colour photographs of the farm, its flowers, and arrangements and decorations—from flower crowns to holiday centrepieces and kid-friendly crafts—for every season.
“Maritime Noon” listeners will hear Marjorie Willison’s reassuring voice through the pages of East Coast Gardener, a classic guide to planning your garden year round using a wide variety of plants. Marjorie Willison grew up gardening on the Canadian prairies but has spent much of her life in Maritime Canada growing and using a wide variety of plants. Since 1985, she has been answering gardening questions on CBC Radio's Maritime Noon.