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

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Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved — pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots — become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what’s the alternative?

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...

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Overview


Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved — pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots — become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what’s the alternative?

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.

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Editorial Reviews

KCGardener.com
All of us need to begin addressing these issues, and this [book] is a gentle way to get started.
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 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.
Booklist

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.
Garden Rant

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.
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

[Eddison] writes with wisdom and experience. Are you looking for anything more?
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."

MuckAbout.com

All of us need to begin addressing these issues, and this [book] is a gentle way to get started.
The Providence Journal

A delightful read with many helpful hints about simplifying garden maintenance.
All The Dirt On Gardening.com

A very personal book with many nuggets of information.
California Country Magazine

A lovely read for those of us who can no longer put 16 hours a day into the garden.
NY Times Book Review

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.
TheDailyBasics.com

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...
Hartford Courant

Practical, imaginative and delightful...
NotesFromASmallGarden.com

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.
Connecticut Gardener Magazine

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.
LandscapeDesignWeb.com

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.
Winston-Salem Journal

“Her advice is both practical and creative.”
DesignNJ

Anyone who's gardened for a long time will want to read Sydney Eddison's new book.
NPR On Point

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.
From the Publisher

“Practical advice and heartfelt anecdotes on how to transform gardening into a labor of love.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604692662
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/13/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 382,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (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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