Druse’s Latest Garden

Ken Druse 72 FAV/MFA 74 FAV


My next book, the twentieth, is coming out on Oct 15. I think the cover of the book as well as a photo of the garden would be great (attached with book jacket image and description). Of course, I have many other photos of the garden.

A longer story on me might be of interest. I could send a very detailed bio if requested, which includes the fact that I was a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Another bit of news: The Smithsonian Institute established the Ken Druse Collection of Garden Photographs comprising thousands of my pre-digital transparencies.

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Ken Druse

In The Scentual Garden, I reveal a world of sensory experience to surprise and delight every gardener. This wholly original survey of botanical fragrance—how to sample it, design for it, revel in it, and even capture it—offers detailed descriptions of the scents of 100s of vividly illustrated perennial flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees.

Chapters discuss how and why plants produce fragrances, how our sense of smell works, how perfumers capture floral scents, how plants “communicate” with each other, and even how to smell plants (here, the advice is similar to techniques for tasting wine). There are suggestions for bringing fragrance into gardens, from making paths that offer a sequence of sensory experiences to night gardens that come alive with fragrance.

As in a previous book, Natural Companions, photographer Ellen Hoverkamp contributes vivid and artful botanical photographs, made using a scanner, of flowers and plants discussed in the text. These are accompanied by my garden photographs to create a book that is as beautiful to look at as it is informative and evocative to read. You can already pre-order.


Ken plumbs the depths of shade once again–20 years after the publication of his bestseller, The Natural Shade Garden. This time, it’s to tackle the challenges that have arisen due to our changing climate. The low-stress environment of shade (cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, carbon sequestration) is extremely beneficial for our plants, our planet, and us. Ken details new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process, in topics such as designing your garden, choosing and planting trees, soil conservation, critter issues, and discovering the vast array of flowers and foliage–all within the trials of a warming planet, shrinking resources, and new weather patterns.

Ken knows that the best defense is to create a verdant retreat. He says, “The garden of the future will be in the shade.”