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(Added on Aug. 29: The contest has ended. Congratulations to Rain Keane, and please watch for next month’s giveaway.)

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Some of my favorite gardening books are art books, as well.  A Growing Gardener is New York city artist Abbie Zabar’s  illustrated journal of a year in her rooftop Manhattan garden. Pruning topiaries, transplanting seedlings, the nesting habits of mockingbirds — it’s all here, drawn in exuberant colored pencil or elegant pen-and-ink.  Page by page and plant by plant, urban gardener Abbie manages to create an elaborate little habitat in her 200-square-foot piece of paradise.

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Leave a comment after this post, and in one week I’ll let random.org select the winner of a copy of A Growing Gardener. I’ll even tuck a little surprise from my art studio inside the front cover. Good luck!

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