Head Outside with Amy Stewart

Summer is the time to head outdoors and enjoy the world beyond our air conditioning. But if searing heat and bizarrely violent storms are messing with your outside time, spend a little indoor time — on your e-reader — with the natural world. And let Amy Stewart be your guide.

Amy is the award-winning author of five books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including three New York Times bestsellers, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential.

Amy started her journey From the Ground Up, her quirky, humorous chronicle of the blossoms and weeds in her first garden and the lessons she learned the hard way: “The old adage about politics and sausage is true for roses as well: People who like roses should not watch them grow.”

Said the San Diego Union Tribune: “Every gardener has a first garden, and like most beginners, they experience a heady mix of highs — the roses bloom — and lows — snails eat every single carrot seedling. Amy Stewart was no exception, but unlike many novices, the native Texan kept a diary of her efforts to make the land around her Santa Cruz cottage bloom. That yearlong chronicle is now a charming, humorous book.”

Click here to read an excerpt from From the Ground Up, just $1.99 for the e-book throughout July as part of our Lucky 7 promotion.

Reading Amy’s garden tales, you’ll feel The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms and jump into this “a completely original combination of science and passion” (New York Times). The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its role in the ecosystem is profound. It tills the soil, destroys microscopic organisms that cause plant disease, breaks down toxins, and turns the ground into rich compost, creating the most fertile areas on earth.

Click here to read an excerpt from The Earth Moved. You’ll be hooked and want to download the entire e-book — another Lucky 7 $1.99 special in July. As the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said, “213 pages on worms may not be enough.”

And, fear not, Amy has a new book coming out next year. After two years of grueling research at distilleries and tastings, she’s putting the punch in rum punch with The Drunken Botanist.  (The ‘T’ in the title is already a little tipsy, as you can see.) And check out Amy’s musings on highly entertaining and highly opinionated GardentRant blog.

Amy also painted the fresh-from-the-garden cherry tomatoes at the top of this post. Check out the rest of her work on canvas here.

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