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Sometimes I sit, daydreaming, wondering, could I be a landscape designer? This seems to be one of the best ways to creatively give back to Earth.

This post may be a little bit delayed for Earth Day, but as a nature lover, I had to throw in my two cents.

As an INFP, I am always looking for something meaningful. My ultimate dream job has meaning to it. What that may entails is still up in the air. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve toyed with the idea of landscape design, but I’ve also toyed with the idea of geographer because how cool would it be to study the Earth in general? Yet, I keep coming back to interior design. Interior designers make the inside of a home look and feel good. To me, that is synonyms with people needing to feel good on the inside and sometimes that starts at home. You have to work on the inside before everything on the outside works.

Today, we’re going to think about how things on the outside are going to look. Even while you’re working on feeling good on the inside, it’s still important to maintain an acceptable appearance. Brush your hair. Brush your teeth. Put on good appropriate clothes. Boom! You’re ready to go! Your yard deserves the same respect. Plus a good curb appeal never hurts your sellability or neighborhood value.

Here’s my top garden design books that I wish I was flipping through right now:

1) The Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces

2) The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage by David L. Culp

3) Gardens of Style: Private Hideaways of the Design World by Janelle McCulloch

4) The Flower Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis

5) Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Hamish Bowles

6) At Home in the Garden by Carolyne Roehm

7) Designing with Palms by Jason Dewees

8) Dreamscapes: Inspiration & Beauty in Gardens Near & Far by Claire Takacs

9) Garden Inspirations by Charlotte Moss

10) Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat by Marty Wingate

What are some of your favorite garden design books to draw inspiration from?