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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.
In Gardening for a Lifetime, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the...
In Gardening for a Lifetime, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help — another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. Or maybe it makes sense to get rid of high-maintenance trees, shrubs, or perennials.
This edition features a new chapter in which Sydney’s struggles with hip and back problems force her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, “Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I’m happy to see that you’ve read it.” Gentle, personable, and practical, Gardening for a Lifetime will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the rewarding, joy-filled activity it was meant to be.
"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."
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
Posted November 9, 2011
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.
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