Montrose: Life in a Garden

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Something is blooming every day of the year in the renowned gardens at Montrose, Nancy Goodwin’s nineteenth-century property in historic Hillsborough, North Carolina. Since moving to Montrose with her husband Craufurd in 1977, Goodwin has transformed more than twenty acres into an extraordinary complex of interlocking gardens that come in and out of focus as the seasons overlap and change.

Beautifully written and illustrated, Montrose: Life in a Garden is Goodwin’s affectionate...

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Something is blooming every day of the year in the renowned gardens at Montrose, Nancy Goodwin’s nineteenth-century property in historic Hillsborough, North Carolina. Since moving to Montrose with her husband Craufurd in 1977, Goodwin has transformed more than twenty acres into an extraordinary complex of interlocking gardens that come in and out of focus as the seasons overlap and change.

Beautifully written and illustrated, Montrose: Life in a Garden is Goodwin’s affectionate biography of her gardens, recounting how and why each section was developed over the years, including the Dianthus Walk, Nandinaland, Hellebore Slope, Mother-in-Law Walk, Snowdrop Woods, and Jo’s Bed. It is also a meticulous month-by-month chronicle of a specific year in these gardens—a year that saw a punishing drought that threatened Goodwin’s no-irrigation policy, a damaging December ice storm, and the beginnings of a plan to preserve Montrose in the future.

Working on her knees for long days throughout the year, Nancy Goodwin always has a vision of how her gardens will appear in twelve months or in twelve years. She will spend weeks, for instance, planting hundreds of snow drops along a woodsy path in order to enjoy a fleeting week of exquisite beauty in coming years. She never puts anything into the ground without imagining what form, color, and texture it will add to a bed. With tireless patience and unflagging optimism, Goodwin will wait years to see a single plant bloom.

Following Goodwin’s activities throughout the year, readers will learn the fundamentals of maintaining a four-season garden in Zone 7 in the South. Award-winning garden illustrator Ippy Patterson has provided more than 160 lavish illustrations of the gardens at Montrose and these meticulously detailed drawings appear throughout the book.

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Montrose: Life in a Garden is a beautifully written account of the joys and trials of gardening through all four seasons in a demanding climate; but even more, it illuminates a life’s work that draws on the deepest levels of creative imagination. Nancy Goodwin likens the evolution of her garden to the unfolding of a visual symphony—a living and constantly changing composition that has grown seamlessly from her richly textured life at Montrose. Her descriptions of work in the garden and her vivid plant portraits are sympathetically enhanced by Ippy Patterson’s lovely illustrations.”—May Brawley Hill, author of Grandmother’s Garden: The Old-Fashioned American Garden, 1865–1915 and On Foreign Soil: American Gardeners Abroad

“A beautiful book about a beautiful garden.”—Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World

“A hybrid between a botany intensive and an internship with one of the most accomplished gardeners in the country, this journal is like being at Nancy Goodwin’s elbow—seeing through her eyes, learning, digging deeper, discovering. And strengthening the illusion of kneeling beside the Master, Ippy Patterson’s illustrations give the text a magical clarity that’s almost as good as growing those hellebores yourself.”—Tovah Martin, author of Tasha Tudor’s Garden

“Nancy Goodwin’s Montrose: Life in a Garden will inspire other gardeners to follow their life’s passion. Her chronicle of a year in the garden reminds us that a keen eye for plants, attachment to place, and tolerance for hard work are what make exceptional gardens. Woven throughout her discerning plant descriptions and Ippy Patterson’s graceful illustrations is a clear dedication to seeing Montrose continue as a garden long into the future.”—Bill Noble, Director of Preservation Projects, The Garden Conservancy

“The list of people who make beautiful gardens, and then afterward write beautifully about them, is very short. Through this book, Nancy Goodwin’s Montrose will be a speaking garden forever, and her flowers—many of them among the rarest things gardeners can grow—are preserved in the achingly lovely images of Ippy Patterson, where they will always remain fresh and fine. How fortunate we are that this wonderful book now joins the short list of books about great gardens, written by their makers.”—Wayne Winterrowd, author of Annuals and Tender Plants for North American Gardens

Publishers Weekly
It takes a committed gardener to characterize a year of unseasonable killing frost, brutal summer heat and drought, and a destructive ice storm as "the happiest year of my life." In this chronicle of tasks and events at Montrose, her historic North Carolina home, Goodwin reveals herself to be as dedicated as she is talented. Montrose became widely recognized during the 10 years Goodwin ran a successful nursery business there and she remains known as much for her personal skill and knowledge as for the series of themed gardens she created and tends on its 61 acres. Each chapter covers one month, interspersing closely observed descriptions of the appearance, habit and care of individual plants with anecdotes about the doings of her small staff, her encouraging husband, their friends and visitors, and the cats she considers "perfect garden companions." These genteel conversations reflect Goodwin's charm, erudition and unconventional approach. For example, while most garden writers begin by drawing up detailed plans, Goodwin goes directly to the soil and often trusts nature to take its course. Patterson's illustrations are impeccably wrought and beautifully positioned on the page, underscoring shifts in focus from intimate views of tiny flowers to broad visions of the landscape. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822336044
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Goodwin has written for Fine Gardening, American Gardener, Horticulture, Veranda, Country Home Country Gardens, and other magazines. She is a coauthor of A Year in Our Gardens: Letters by Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy and coeditor of A Rock Garden in the South, by Elizabeth Lawrence, also published by Duke University Press. From 1984 to 1993, she operated Montrose Nursery, which specialized in unusual perennials, including hellebores and cyclamen.

Ippy Patterson has illustrated garden columns for the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, McCall’s Magazine, and Country Living Gardener Magazine. She has illustrated numerous books, including An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold, 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names, and No Bones, for which she won the National Academy of Sciences Illustration Award in 1990.

Nancy Goodwin has written for Fine Gardening, American Gardener, Horticulture, Veranda, Country Home Country Gardens, and other magazines. She is a coauthor of A Year in Our Gardens: Letters by Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy and coeditor of A Rock Garden in the South, by Elizabeth Lawrence, also published by Duke University Press. From 1984 to 1993, she operated Montrose Nursery, which specialized in unusual perennials, including hellebores and cyclamen.

Ippy Patterson has illustrated garden columns for the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, McCall’s Magazine, and Country Living Gardener Magazine. She has illustrated numerous books, including An Elizabethan Bestiary: Retold, 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names, and No Bones, for which she won the National Academy of Sciences Illustration Award in 1990.

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