7 New Design and Garden Books to Give for Mother’s Day

Flowers are great, but how about a book about flowers instead?

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Sure, it's not hard to call for flowers last-minute, but it's just as easy to make a few clicks and send Mom a book that's as thoughtful and beautiful as she is. We've rounded up a few of our favorite new releases that are perfect for mothers or any woman in your life worth celebrating.


By Stefani Bitter and Alethea Harampolis // Photography by David Fenton // From Ten Speed Press

This book approaches the entire garden and landscape as a place of both beauty and usefulness, where ingredients for cooking, preserving, crafts and wellness can be grown and found. Detailing 47 plants by garden season (Early, Mid, Late) and showcasing projects for each, this is the perfect gift for a nature-lover with a DIY spirit.

Cut Flower Garden

By Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai // Photography by Michele M. Waite // From Chronicle Books

Similar in theme to Harvest but focused entirely on flowers, this book from the grower behind the popular and award-winning Floret Flowers gives practical advice for growing and arranging blooms, along with floral photos almost as inspiring as the real thing.

How They Decorated

By P. Gaye Tapp // From Rizzoli International Publications

For the design-loving mother interested in looking back at decades of high-design icons, this book takes the reader into the homes of heiresses, artists (including Georgia O'Keefe) and tastemakers of their generations. Written by a noted female interior designer, the book celebrates the discipline and the many women who have shaped its evolution.

Foraged Flora

By Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale // Photography by Laurie Frankel // From Ten Speed Press

The magic of this book begins with its cover: simple roses in romantically muted tones on textured fabric. I just love running my hands over it. And every interior photo of places, plants and people builds on this effect. The authors, including a co-founder of Remodelista, and photographer share the intimate stories that created this book's and their own aesthetic, which is moody and swoony, lovely and lush.

Emily Post's Etiquette: Manners for Today (19th Edition)

By Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning

Mom may have learned her etiquette way back when, but as the heirs to Emily Post's legacy reveal in this book and in their popular Awesome Etiquette podcast, times have changed (though some things remain the same). This new edition of Post's enduring book on etiquette is a must-have for anyone looking to maintain good manners while adapting to a fast-paced, tech-driven, dietary-challenged modern world — which, in our view, should be everyone. It's not so much about how to design your home as how to design your life.

The Decorated Home

By Meg Braff // Cover photo by J. Savage Gibson // From Rizzoli International Publications

In a new book exploring her own approach to interior design, Meg Braff presents advice and inspiration for achieving her signature style: pretty and polished, with an energy that comes from generous use of color and pattern. Flipping through the book, you can see the designer's Southern roots and New York experience unite into a career compendium that showcases stunning homes from Palm Beach to the Hamptons.

In the Company of Women



By Grace Bonney // From Artisan Books

More than 100 women, including HGTV favorite Genevieve Gorder, are profiled in this uplifting book from the founder of Design*Sponge. For anyone looking to turn their creative passions into professions, or simply to find more ways to explore creativity in everyday life, these women — from media titans to tattoo artists — are your role models.

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