In the midst of Mental Health Awareness Week, it's important for all of us to remember that there's nothing more important than our own happiness and mental well-being. Sometimes a little natural treatment and relaxation can go a long way, and what better ways are there to relax than taking in nature or reading a good book? Well, combining the two, of course. So here's a list of seven floral and gardening themed books to help you delve into nature by delving into the pages.
1. The Ladybird Book of Garden Flowers
Let's begin with this beautifully illustrated book of garden flowers in classic Ladybird book format. Covering a wide range of common (and not so common) garden flowers, this book is the perfect gateway into gardening for someone who may not be quite so knowledgeable on the beauty one can create in their own back garden.
2. The Four Seasons: A Short Account of the Structure of Plants by Sarah Margaret Fitton
Though some people may look forward to summer every year so they can fully enjoy the outdoors, there are three other beautiful seasons worth enjoying too! This vintage flower book from the 1800's is a valuable addition to any book collector's bookshelf, and is the perfect guide for knowing and appreciating the outdoors any time of the year instead of letting some of the seasons get you down!
3. Garden Design by Sylvia Crowe
For those of you who are already gardening fanatics, why not spread your wings and try a fresh look with your garden this year? This Garden design book by Sylvia Crowe covers a variety of garden designs from all over the world, allowing you to expand your appreciation of the wonderful outdoors, from Japanese to Italian to French styles.
4. The Ladybird Book of British Wild Flowers
However, if it's simply the British countryside that you're truly in love with, we have the perfect pick for you too. This Ladybird Book of British Wild Flowers will provide you with a great opportunity to get outside, clear your head, and learn all about the nature that surrounds you (as long as you live in Britain, of course). With details and descriptions of all the wild flowers you can think off, you'll never have to feel like you don't know the British countryside again!
5. Roses by F. Fairbrother
Roses are the flower of love, so why not practice a bit of self-love with this vintage book of roses? Learn all about the many different kinds of roses, appreciate their beauty, and perhaps even be inspired to go out and buy yourself a bouquet! Or, considering this books has great tips and guides on growing and grooming roses, grab a packet of seeds and grow your own batch instead.
6. Vintage Penguin Gardening Handbooks Collection by Raymond Bush
If one book isn't enough for you, this Vintage Penguin Gardening Handbooks collection will do just the trick. With these three guides on growing your own fruit, you can get outside and enjoy a bit of natural therapy and grow your own healthy food while you're at it. A well-fed mind is a healthy mind!
7. The Secret Garden by France Hodgson Burnett (Illustrated)
Last but not least, if you enjoy being outside with a nice book without getting your hands dirty, The Secret Garden is for you. This wonderful tales highlights how being kind to others (whether people or plants) is the true key to happiness. With this classic book you can get lost in the wonderful world of nature without... well, you know, actually going and getting lost in it!