One of my favorite things to do in the winter is read garden books. Lately I've been looking through a beautiful book that I brought home from the library, The Garden in Art, by art historian Debra Mancoff. The book looks at artists from ancient Egypt to the present day and how they have depicted the garden throughout history. There are more than 200 full color photographs of paintings in the book, some familiar, with chapters on working gardens, public gardens, the garden throughout the seasons, the garden as metaphor, and artists' gardens. I highly recommend for a cold, snowy afternoon on the sofa.