(FTC-required disclosure: The following post involves the distribution of free products from companies with whom I have close personal and financial ties. I have, in fact, shared cabs, cocktails, and Facebook status updates with representatives of the aforementioned companies and intend to continue to do so in the future.)
Well. With that out of the way: I have managed to talk the people at Timber, Storey, and Algonquin into giving away not one, but TWO sets of creepy botanical-themed Halloween-ish books to GardenRant readers. The books are:
Ghoulish Goodies: A Frightful Cookbook by Sharon Bowers. Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with gardening, or why you need a cookbook of Halloween-themed cupcake recipes. Trust me, you do. Worms (in the form of gummy worms) and spiders (made from licorice, chocolate-covered something or others, and I don't know what all) and other such outdoorsy themes come up throughout the book. Plus, if you've ever wondered how to make cookies that look like fingers, or cheese balls that look like eyeballs, now's your chance. I don't bake–EVER, for ANY occasion–and I thought it was a totally cute book.
And, of course, you get a copy of Wicked Plants. I'm sure you saw that one coming. Well, you know, Halloween is fun and all, but those teenagers who bang on the door at ten o'clock at night, long after you've turned off the lights and eaten the last of the Snickers yourself? And they don't even bother to put on a costume? And they try to claim it's for their little brother who's home sick? Page through this book and dream up some revenge fantasies. (FBI-required disclosure: Please don't act on those fantasies. Just don't answer the door.)
And what do you have to do to win these fabulous books? You've got a choice. Either post your very best-ever Halloween or Day of the Dead-themed garden photo–from this year or years past–and put a link to the photo in the comments so we can go check it out. (And if it's a garden still in the making, tell us of your diabolical plans. Perhaps we will be so terrified by the very description of your freaky garden-to-be that we'll declare you a winner even if you don't have a photo to share.)
OR–you know what a sucker for verse we are here at GardenRant. Anything in verse that relates vaguely to plants and Halloween could win you a set of books.
And remember–we have TWO SETS to give away! Two!
I'll choose the winners in my usual arbitrary and capricious manner and announce them next week. With any luck, you'll get your goodies in time for Halloween.
Now–go frighten someone!