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Self Taught Gardener

Self Taught Gardener

by Sydney Eddison
     
 

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The next best thing to knowing all about gardening is having a friend whoÆs an expert on the subjectùand horticulturalist Sydney Eddison is just that friend. In a neighborly, over-the-fence manner that will appeal to novices and practiced gardeners alike, she offers experienced, personal advice on every aspect of gardening. But this guide is more than just a technical

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The next best thing to knowing all about gardening is having a friend whoÆs an expert on the subjectùand horticulturalist Sydney Eddison is just that friend. In a neighborly, over-the-fence manner that will appeal to novices and practiced gardeners alike, she offers experienced, personal advice on every aspect of gardening. But this guide is more than just a technical handbook, for EddisonÆs true gift is her overwhelming love of gardening, a love she communicates in an innovative format that reflects the way a gardener gradually builds skills and ambitions. Teaching you how to tap into your own instinctive sense of design, color and form, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to learn from others, Eddison offers a wealth of practical tips on helping plants flourish, while providing invaluable lists of sturdy, versatile, and beautiful plants that will anchor your garden for years to come. Intimate and amiable, The Self-Taught Gardener will encourage you to plunge right into planning and planting, and to find within yourself the potential for creating the garden youÆve always wanted.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rookie gardeners meet their coach in this neighborly, over-the-fence guide. "I am here to egg you on," announces Eddison (A Patchwork Garden), who follows a beginner's inclinations: flowers first, theory second. Backed up with the dependable perennials and annuals that make her shortlist, the author coaxes readers directly into their prospective gardens. She offers valuable advice by the spadeful on such topics as soil (make it good), weeding (don't!), pruning and staking ("graceful" not "rigid"), real tools (crowbars and others that "resemble medieval weapons") and design considerations (watch your edges and pay attention to foliage). Eddison encourages beginners to thrust in their trowels and trust in the laws of gardening: "one action leads to another"; "gardens and gardeners are created by increments." Never presuming, she generously explains distinctions that are often taken for granted: borders vs. beds, spades vs. shovels, deciduous vs. evergreen, sun vs. partial shade. The result is superior common sense that is both a sideline pep-talk for the novice and a back-to-basics retreat for the informationally glutted. Line drawings by Steve Buchanan lend additional charm. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670860715
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.03(d)

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