Time and the Gardener

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From her vantage point as an octogenarian gardener, Elisabeth Sheldon knows that one of the most important elements in the making of both a great garden and a great gardener is the passage of time. Now, in Time and the Gardener, Sheldon shares with readers the lessons, triumphs, tips, and favorite plants that have inspired her over the last three decades.
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Overview

From her vantage point as an octogenarian gardener, Elisabeth Sheldon knows that one of the most important elements in the making of both a great garden and a great gardener is the passage of time. Now, in Time and the Gardener, Sheldon shares with readers the lessons, triumphs, tips, and favorite plants that have inspired her over the last three decades.
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Editorial Reviews

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A fine collection of essays that provides bite-sized coaching for the intermediate to advanced gardener.--Cynthia Crossen, Wall Street Journal

"Lovely and lyrical, Sheldon's prose is enough to boost even the most dedicated armchair gardener from his or her seat and into the garden. Not since Thalassa Cruso has there been such a lucent, informative voice."--Michael Weishan, Host of PBS-TV's The Victory Garden

"A welcome relief from the glossy fluff so often passed off as gardening literature, this book will be a joy to readers with an interest in gardening, from neophytes to seasoned experts."--Publishers Weekly

"Refreshingly straightforward . . . [Time and the Gardener] engages and informs."--Country Living Gardener

"This collection shows Sheldon at her best . . . generous, experienced, capable of a little mischief."--Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807085578
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 2/2/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,085,037
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Sheldon studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Flamboyant Garden and A Proper Garden, and her work has appeared in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, The Herb Companion, and other magazines. She lives and gardens in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
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Table of Contents

Time and the Gardener 1
Part 1 What I've Learned Over Time
The Anxieties of Spring: Growing Plants from Seed 11
Gardening in the Woods 16
Horticultural Discrimination 33
Tall Plants 37
A New Home for Rock Plants 45
Shrubs for the Mixed Border 53
To the Plant Breeders--Thanks and No Thanks 62
Shade Garden Revolution 68
Mail-order Plants 71
Help! 78
Problems in the Tapestry Border 84
Seed Gathering 87
August 98
Autumn 105
Putting the Garden to Bed 108
Fall and Winter Color 115
Part 2 Timeless Plants--Some of My Favorites
Columbines 123
Lysimachias 130
Some Border Clematis 137
Legumes for the Flower Border 144
Astilbes 149
Gaura 156
Chrysanthemums 159
Gardening with Purple Foliage 170
Nepetas 178
Two Small Plants 185
Annuals for the Perennial Border 188
Variegated Plants 197
Part 3 Gardeners of Other Times
Miss Jekyll 215
First Lady of Gardening: Jane Loudon 223
Lady Mary's Garden 240
Two More Eighteenth-Century Gardeners 248
The Ill-Tempered Gardener 256
Plant Index 261
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