Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

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In Prose so Resonant that you may find yourself in tears of recognition, lifelong gardener Sydney Eddison offers practical and heartfelt advice that will help you transform gardening from a daunting list of chores into a rewarding, joy-filled activity.

Here are just a few of the author's discoveries:

You can dramatically reduce the labor your perennial border needs by ...

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Overview

In Prose so Resonant that you may find yourself in tears of recognition, lifelong gardener Sydney Eddison offers practical and heartfelt advice that will help you transform gardening from a daunting list of chores into a rewarding, joy-filled activity.

Here are just a few of the author's discoveries:

You can dramatically reduce the labor your perennial border needs by substituting low-maintenance plants for demanding ones.

Shrubs can contribute as much beauty to the garden as perennials, and are easier to care for.

Don't complain about those big trees-shady gardens are easier to maintain than sunny ones.

If you need help, think carefully about what kind, how much, and how often.

Timely pruning will help keep the garden from getting out of hand.

Sometimes, downsizing the garden is the best way to keep your sanity.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
“Anyone who's gardened for a long time will want to read Sydney Eddison's new book”
Booklist
“Eddison’s thoughtful reflections are timely for countless gardeners who are approaching the time in their lives when a garden sanctuary can feel like a burden.”
New York Times Book Review

"I found it liberating to be given an excuse to ditch some of my backbreaking chores. Who’s waiting to grow old? I’m preparing for the future right now. You can tuck this perfect gift into your basket."

Akron Beacon Journal
"Sydney Eddison has long shared with readers…her experiences maintaining her garden in Connecticut. Now she’s using those experiences to help older gardeners like herself continue to pursue their passion as they age."
Garden Rant

"Sydney Eddison is my kind of garden writer, now passing along wisdom acquired from 50 years. No BS, no rhetoric. Trust this writer; she knows what she’s talking about.”

Connecticut Gardener
“While this book is meant for gardeners who are getting older, it’s relevant reading for anyone who may not have endless supplies of time, energy and money to devote to their garden.”
Dominique Browning
[Eddison's] a perfectionist, and her book is really about learning to let go, to find satisfaction in simplicity…I half-dreaded reading this book, expecting it to depress me, but it's full of cheer.
—The New York Times
Akron Beacon Journal
Sydney Eddison has long shared with readers…her experiences maintaining her garden in Connecticut. Now she’s using those experiences to help older gardeners like herself continue to pursue their passion as they age.
Booklist
Eddison’s thoughtful reflections are timely for countless gardeners who are approaching the time in their lives when a garden sanctuary can feel like a burden.
Garden Rant
Sydney Eddison is my kind of garden writer, now passing along wisdom acquired from 50 years. No BS, no rhetoric. Trust this writer; she knows what she’s talking about.
Connecticut Gardener
“While this book is meant for gardeners who are getting older, it’s relevant reading for anyone who may not have endless supplies of time, energy and money to devote to their garden.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
Anyone who's gardened for a long time will want to read Sydney Eddison's new book.
New York Times Book Review
"I found it liberating to be given an excuse to ditch some of my backbreaking chores. Who’s waiting to grow old? I’m preparing for the future right now. You can tuck this perfect gift into your basket."
KCGardener.com
All of us need to begin addressing these issues, and this [book] is a gentle way to get started.
MuckAbout.com
A delightful read with many helpful hints about simplifying garden maintenance.
The Providence Journal
A very personal book with many nuggets of information.
All The Dirt On Gardening.com
A lovely read for those of us who can no longer put 16 hours a day into the garden.
California Country Magazine
While many of the practices included in the book speak to the older gardener, those with mobility issues, no matter their age, will find Eddison’s ideas both gentle and practical.
NY Times Book Review
I found it liberating to be given an excuse to ditch some of my backbreaking chores. Who’s waiting to grow old? I’m preparing for the future right now. You can tuck this perfect gift into your basket...
TheDailyBasics.com
Practical, imaginative and delightful...
Hartford Courant
Her book is packed with insights that readers will find helpful, whether they're nearing a certain age or simply trying to plan their gardens well.
NotesFromASmallGarden.com
An excellent and thoughtful new book...a must read both for now (after all, who doesn’t want to garden smarter?) and for your future gardening self. She is practical, humorous and clear-sighted.
Connecticut Gardener Magazine
While this book is meant for gardeners who are getting older, it’s relevant reading for anyone who may not have endless supplies of time, energy and money to devote to their garden.
LandscapeDesignWeb.com
[Eddison] writes with wisdom and experience. Are you looking for anything more?
Winston-Salem Journal
“Her advice is both practical and creative.”
DesignNJ
“Practical advice and heartfelt anecdotes on how to transform gardening into a labor of love.”
NPR On Point
Gardens change, and so do we—our time, our needs, our energy. Sydney tells us how to roll with the changes…how to garden for life without getting lost in the weeds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690651
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/21/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 976,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sydney Eddison has written six other books on gardening. She has been honored by National Garden Clubs Inc. with their Award of Excellence for 2010. For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, she has also received the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s Gustav A. L. Melquist Award in 2002; the New England Wild Flower Society’s Kathryn S. Taylor Award in 2005; and in 2006, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Bronze Medal. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and is a frequent contributor to Fine Gardening magazine and other publications.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Preface 13

1 A Look Backward: Tracing the Garden's History 17

2 Changes: Rethinking the Perennial Borders 27

3 A Step Toward Simplicity: Substituting Shrubs for Perennials 39

4 Minimum Care: Appreciating the Shady Border 47

5 Woodland Gardens: Living in Harmony with the Forest 57

6 Sanity Saver: Learning to Make Lists 69

7 Juggler's Dilemma: Searching for Help 79

8 Lessons from the Garden: Accepting Imperfection 91

9 From Lawn to Meadow: Learning from Experience 103

10 Pick Your Battles: Managing Mature Plants 115

11 What Next? Deciding Whether to Stay Put or Move On 127

12 New Gardens: Keeping Them Small and Simple 139

13 Borrowed Landscapes: Using the Garden Setting 153

14 Container Gardening: Arranging Potted Plants with a Purpose 163

15 Miniature Landscapes: Exploring New Ways to Garden 175

16 A Summing Up: Making the Most of What You Have Left 189

Index 197

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

    great read for any gardener

    Such an easy book to read, the author really captures the beauty of your garden. And great thoughts on how to reshape your gardens to provide great color and less maintenance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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