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This is a book that should appeal equally to serious gardeners interested in the specifics of varieties and cultivars that thrive in coastal zones and garden designers who want to learn more about what lives best where. For Smith is wise in not writing merely about the plants, shrubs, and trees and their cultivation; this is a book as much about mood—about how to design and visualize a small garden—as it is about what varieties and cultivars to buy. Eclectic in its approach, incorporating quotations and citations from Eastern as well as Western sources, she challenges with the eye of an artist, but also with the down-and-dirty experience of someone wrestling with a small space, limited sunshine, the usual encroachments of blight, bugs, beasts, and the particular New England challenges of a relatively brief growing season and mediocre soil.
Illustrated in full color with her own drawings, this is a book that should recommend itself to anyone who gardens in the coastal zones of the eastern United States. What Smith suggests has been tried and tested, and what sheproposes is both sensible and sensitive.
Posted June 3, 2009
Kim Smith doesn't just want to help you grow better plants - she wants to change your life! This beautiful book is crammed with garden lore that goes beyond what kind of fertilizer to use or how to prune. With her skilled watercolor illustrations (when was the last time you saw a garden book so wonderfully illustrated?), references to the Tao, poetry, and serious garden info, Kim encourages you to look at your garden with fresh eyes and an open spirit. Native species are championed here, and for good reason: plant native species and you will attract butterflies and moths and birds and all the critters that make a garden truly alive. A good companion and a great gift book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.