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An easy-to-craft holiday wreath made from backyard bay. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

Humans crave green and hunger for nature. As life becomes increasing busy, crowded, urban, and wired, satisfying that hunger is an important aspect of health and happiness. Author Richard Louv calls it getting our dose of vitamin N.

Last week Pantone, masters of color, announced their Color of the Year pick for 2017: Greenery (15-0343). So it’s official. Now artists, designers, and industry experts in fashion and home decor know what gardeners have grasped since the first seedling—green revives, restores, and rejuvenates.

A recent crop of titles by West Coast authors read like fresh breezes through an open window to refresh this sometimes stuffy, indoor time of the year. Filled with creative projects and exercises that cultivate an awareness of the seasons, growth, and fruitful ripening, these books are inspirational, thoughtful, and grounded in nature; a welcome dose of vitamin N for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

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