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Small Gardens of Savannah and Thereabouts

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Sure to inspire gardeners with limited space, as well as armchair gardeners who will enjoy being transported to this magical city, this is recommended. --Library Journal
Filled cover to cover with gorgeous color photography --Midwest Book Review
Elvin McDonald takes the reader on a tour of more than thirty of the most beautiful gardens, both public and private, of Savannah, Georgia. The tour begins with a brief history of Savannahï s gardening ...

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Overview

Sure to inspire gardeners with limited space, as well as armchair gardeners who will enjoy being transported to this magical city, this is recommended. --Library Journal
Filled cover to cover with gorgeous color photography --Midwest Book Review
Elvin McDonald takes the reader on a tour of more than thirty of the most beautiful gardens, both public and private, of Savannah, Georgia. The tour begins with a brief history of Savannahï s gardening tradition. Designed by Gen. James Oglethorpe, the city is divided into squares, with an open space for a park in the center of each square. Surrounded by so much green, the residents of Savannah were inspired to create their own personal gardens. Divided into sections, each covering a different topic, Small Gardens of Savannah and Thereabouts is filled with lush photographs revealing the gardensï beauty. Accompanying the descriptions of the gardens are tips and suggestions that readers can use in their own gardens. Most gardens featured are approximately 10 x 10 , and the tips are especially helpful for making the most of a smaller garden. In an appendix, the author also includes a planting schedule and flower suggestions for the home gardener.

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Established in 1733 by Gen. James Oglethorpe, Savannah, GA, is one of this country's most beautiful historical cities, famous for its architecture and gardens. Designed as a system of squares, with open spaces reserved for parks in the center of each square, Savannah also boasts equally beautiful, small private gardens nestled behind the gates and walls of the Georgian Colonial and Greek Revival homes. McDonald (deputy editor, Gardens & Outdoor Living at Better Homes & Gardens; coeditor with Marilyn Rogers, Ortho's All About Orchids) takes the reader on a tour of more than 30 of these charming plots, filled with colorful flowers and verdant semitropical plants. Chapters are divided by type of garden-e.g., walled, side, historical, rooftop, and container-and contain descriptions and photographs that are as lush as the gardens themselves. McDonald also includes a list of essential plants for the Southern gardener and a 12-month planting guide. Sure to inspire gardeners with limited space, as well as armchair gardeners who will enjoy being transported to this magical city, this is recommended for public libraries.-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589801035
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 975,524
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A lifelong gardener, Elvin McDonald is an editor at large for Better Homes and Gardens. The recipient of the Chicago Horticultural Society's Hutchinson Medal for lifetime achievement, McDonald was also named to the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame and has designed gardens for celebrities and public agencies across the country. He is the author, editor, photographer, or publisher of hundreds of gardening books, and his work has earned him the nickname Dean of American Garden Editors. McDonald lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

An experienced lecturer on the art and architecture of eighteenth and nineteenth century Savannah, historian Jeffrey Eley often uses the city itself as a textbook when teaching others.

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