Welcome to Art Wolk's Garden!
Welcome to my website, devoted to gardeners who want their hobby to be fun and their garden books and lectures to be both enlightening and entertaining.
I confess that I’m a non-conformist garden writer and lecturer who believes that garden books and programs should be filled with personally-tested directions, conveyed with some attempt to give the audience a delightful, non-sedative, laugh-out-loud experience.
When you read my books or attend my lectures, feel free to laugh at my overwrought successes as well as the innumerable mistakes I’ve made over the decades that helped me learn how to stop killing plants. I also hope you can identify with my misadventures and chuckle at some of your own horticultural foibles.
One promise: the woes of the world are heavy enough upon our shoulders, so I’ll do everything I can to lighten your load.
After all, isn’t gardening supposed to be about having fun?
P.S. Feel free to visit “Art’s Biography” and “Art’s Horticultural Accomplishments” to get a dose of my horticultural history to date.
Bulb Forcing will teach you how to make potted bulbs bloom indoors when winter is at its worst.
Copies of Bulb Forcing for Beginners and the Seriously Smitten are now available.
In Bulb Forcing, you’ll learn how to grow tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and the rest of their spring-blooming brethren indoors, all winter long, when the view outside your window reveals snow, sleet, or icy rain. Instead, imagine your windowsills filled with an array of dazzling flowers. In the informative and entertaining book, Art reveals the secrets he’s used for three decades to win silver cups and baskets of blue ribbons. It’s filled with more than 360 glorious photos that show you exactly how to produce your own wintertime flower show every year. And, Art admits, bulb forcing requires no Green Thumb. As long as you can put soil and bulbs in a pot without mortally wounding yourself, you’ll succeed.
Art has taught bulb-forcing segments on the Discovery Channel, FOX, CBS, and he’s had his magazine articles published in Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, and other publications. This elegant book has easy-to-understand instructions as well as Art’s laugh-out-loud humor threading its way through every chapter.
NOTE- The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) gave
Bulb Forcing a Benjamin Franklin Award in the home/garden book category. The IBPA, the largest not-for-profit trade group in the U.S. book industry, recognizes excellence and innovation in independent publishing with its annual Benjamin Franklin Awards, named in honor of America’s most cherished publisher/printer.
Garden Tales contains the novella, Girl at Longwood, and two short stories, Sox and Wind’s Dream.
GIRL AT LONGWOOD
In the novella Girl at Longwood, a boy and girl, strangers and just thirteen, have plant-addicted parents. Just entering puberty, neither is interested in nor comfortable with the opposite sex. But they have something in common — they both hate gardening. A chance meeting at Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens, while hiding from their parents, is the beginning of a tentative on-again, off-again relationship.
In Sox, a small boy, who’s discovered the magic that can happen in a garden, wants to learn as much as he can about gardening. And he wants to learn from Sox, a huge, mysterious man with a glorious garden. But Sox wants nothing to do with children, and he harbors a secret too terrible to share. Sox and the boy become an odd couple whose friendship may flourish or disappear.
Wind’s Dream is about a strong-willed woman who’s part of a group Stone Age hunter-gatherers living thousands of years in the past. The folk, as they call themselves, are dying out. Because of a drought, rivers are dry, plants are withered, and animals are scarce. In a story that may have been repeated many times during the Stone Age, Wind and her folk face extinction unless something can be done…now.
Art Wolk is an award-winning garden writer, lecturer, and photographer who communicates the innate humor and joy of gardening in all his publications. He’s won the Garden Writers Association Quill and Trowel Award and is a two-time winner of the Philadelphia Flower Show’s Grand Sweepstakes Award. Wolk has appeared on the Discovery Channel, CBS, FOX, and the Home and Garden TV Network.
The Garden Tales cover was designed and illustrated by famed artist Wendell Minor.
Garden Tales is the perfect gift to give yourself or the gardener in your life. What are you waiting for?
Garden Lunacy: A Growing Concern, a book for and about gardeners you won’t be able to put down. Prolific garden writer Elvin McDonald describes Art as “the Dave Barry of garden writing.” More importantly, Art promises that reading Garden Lunacy will be a laugh-out-loud experience.
The first printing of Garden Lunacy is sold out.
The second printing is coming in January 2024.
Available on backorder
This booklet reveals secrets of bulb forcing that Art's used to win more than 100 blue ribbons in the Philadelphia Flower Show bulb classes. You'll discover all the information needed to produce your own glorious indoor, mid-winter pots of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocus, and many other bulbs. And, for the seriously smitten bulb forcer, you'll learn new techniques to produce your own blue-ribbon displays.
The Little Blue Book of Bulb Forcing is a 40-page booklet that not only supplies information, but also laugh-out-loud humor.