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Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden
     

Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden

by Emily Whaley
 

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Emily Whaley's garden on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina, may be the most visited private garden in the country. Here's a book that captures and preserves Emily Whaley's distinctive voice and braces us with a clear understanding of how one might cultivate a practical personal philosophy alongside one's garden.

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Emily Whaley's garden on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina, may be the most visited private garden in the country. Here's a book that captures and preserves Emily Whaley's distinctive voice and braces us with a clear understanding of how one might cultivate a practical personal philosophy alongside one's garden.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book constitutes an ageless and captivating visit with 85-year-old Emily Whaley, the daughter of a South Carolina country doctor and his wife, who married a successful lawyer and moved to Charleston 60 years ago. As a special gift, Whaley's husband hired a professional designer to plan a formal garden with a "romantic natural background" for the house on Church Street, where she still lives. Thousands of people visit the garden each fall during the city's garden festival. Chatting with William Baldwin, a writer, home designer and fellow South Carolinian, Whaley breathlessly and delightfully describes her garden, other gardens she's known and recollections of her childhood, with her fresh mind and mint-condition memory stitching the strands into a rich memoir. Whaley's simple, direct language conveys not just her many frank opinions but her self-described joie de vivre and appreciation of the houses and gardens in her life. Hers is a world full of sunlight, "uncluttered space," Southern-city charms, idiosyncratic tradition, hearty gregariousness and the ubiquitous presence of flowers. In the South, as the author describes it, gardens are not simply decorative outdoor areas but places where one lives out one's life, as in the rooms of one's house. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786213184
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

Emily Whaley was born in 1911 in Pinopolis, South Carolina. The mother of three daughters and grandmother of seven, she divided her time between her houses (and their kitchens) in Charleston, South Carolina, and Flat Rock, North Carolina. She died in June 1998.

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