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Illustrated Garden Book: A New Anthology
     

Illustrated Garden Book: A New Anthology

by Vita Sackville-West
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) liked a tidy garden and wrote a tidy essay. This book offers a sampling of her acclaimed gardening columns from the London Observer, grouped here by the months of the year. Sackville-West covered everything from the genesis of her white and gray summer garden to humorous ways to ward off birds (including ``potatoes stuck with pheasants' feathers''). She didn't mince words (``one of the secrets of good gardening is to remove, ruthlessly, any plant one does not like''), yet was a poet at heart (``The flowers of Magnolia grandiflora look like great white pigeons settling among dark leaves''). Her vivid prose and fresh insights into gardening make this book a delight for armchair and active gardeners alike. There are lovely color drawings of some plants that she mentions and color photographs of her award-winning gardens, which still thrive at her home, 500-year-old Sissinghurst Castle. (October 16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689708169
Publisher:
Central Bureau voor Schimmelcultures
Publication date:
05/28/1989
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.09(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)

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