Few explore the reasons why gardening becomes central to so many people's lives.
In Garden Voices, Carolyn Rapp explores the relationships of women with their gardens, revealing sources of joy that go far beyond the pleasure of harvesting flowers, herbs or vegetables.
As the 12 women tell their stories, readers will share the heartache and triumph set within plots of lovingly cultivated land.
Everyone who reads Garden Voices will hear a whisper of themselves in the words of these creative, courageous, wise women.
This is not just a book for people who love gardens; it's for people who love stories.
She reports the catastrophes: losing daytime access during building-wide renovations; assaults from a mockingbird during his mating season. And the joys: a peach tree fruited for fifteen years; the windswept birches lasted for twenty-five. Butterflies and bees pay annual visits. She pampers a buddleia, a honeysuckle, roses, hydrangeas, and more. Her adventures celebrate the tenacity of nature, inviting readers to marvel at her garden’s resilience, and her own.
Enhanced by over thirty color photographs, this passionate account of green life in a gritty, urban environment will appeal to readers and gardeners wherever they dwell.
Now the author/artist/gardener describes his making of Madoo in a book that is as charming and entertaining as it is enlightening. Dash’s artist's sense --or senses -- of the movement of air and the effects of light and color suffuse all his writings, and show us new ways to look at our own gardens.
As with Henry Mitchell's books, one learns more from reading these essays than from a dozen how-to books. And whether we like to make gardens or simply to look at them, Dash has given us a book to keep by the bedside, where we can read and reread our favorite pieces ("Fairies"? "Manuring"? "The Name of the Rose"? "The Garden Tour"? Too many to list!) over and over again.
- Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.
Jean Anouilh, The Lark (1952)
words of encouragement…
-Then seek your job with thankfulness and work till further orders,
If it's only netting strawberries or killing slugs on borders;
And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden,
You will find yourself a partner in the Glory of the Garden.
Rudyard Kipling, “The Glory of the Garden” (1911)
- To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)
and the practical…
- Three fundamental aspects of border design—site, shape, and size—have at least as great an effect on the ease of garden maintenance as does the actual selection of plants.
Frederick McGourty, The Perennial Gardener (1989)
and much more. Drawing on sources ranging from the earliest agrarian civilizations to the present, The Little Red Book of Gardening Wisdom is a treasury of great ideas that will delight amateur and expert gardeners alike.
What makes Writing the Garden such a joy to read is that it is not simply a collection of extracts, but real discussions and examinations of the personalities who made their mark on how we design, how we plant, and how we think about what is for many one of life's lasting pleasures. Starting with "Women in the Garden" (Jane Loudon, Fran ces Garnet Wolseley, and Gertrude Jekyll) and concluding with "Philosophers in the Garden" (Henry David Tho reau, Michael Pollan, and Allen Lacy), this is a book that encompasses the full sweep of the best garden writing in the English language.
Writing the Garden is co-published by the New York Society Library and the Foundation for Landscape Studies in association with David R. Godine, Publisher.
Packed with helpful tips on controlling pests safely, managing weeds, and correcting common gardening problems, Gardening for Dummies turns your brown thumb green in a hurry.
The Reader’s Digest Quintessential Guides do what the Reader’s Digest does better than anyone: the best advice, straight to the point.
Inside you'll find:
What to Grow Where
Design Gardens for Beauty and Productivity
Deal with Plant Diseases, Pests, and Weeds
Pick the Right Tools
And Much More!
The Gardener's Wise Words and Country Ways is a unique and captivating collection of accumulated wisdom, proverbs and superstitions, encapsulating everything that makes gardening so appealing. Ruth Binney beautifully conveys the emotions that gardens evoke, as well as addressing the practical tasks that gardeners undertake.
Here you will find good old-fashioned advice, as well as plenty of up-to-date information on everything from being aware of the seasons and wildlife in your garden, to growing better fruit, vegetables, herbs and trees. Famous gardening names who share their knowledge include Vita Sackville-West, Gertrude Jekyll and Robert Thompson, but also presented are the voices of ordinary gardeners, whose experiences come alive in their sayings, prose and poetry.