Yard Full of Sun: The Story of a Gardener's Obsession That Got a Little Out of Hand

Yard Full of Sun: The Story of a Gardener's Obsession That Got a Little Out of Hand

by Scott Calhoun
     
 

In spite of living in the Sonoran Desert, renowned gardening expert Scott Calhoun has created a lush and vibrant paradise in his own back yard.

Overview

In spite of living in the Sonoran Desert, renowned gardening expert Scott Calhoun has created a lush and vibrant paradise in his own back yard.

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Publishers Weekly
Memoir and how-to work side by side to excellent effect in this chronicle of a family's horticultural odyssey. Calhoun-an accomplished gardener, manager of a Tucson nursery and fourth-generation Arizonian-was determined to create a garden using native plants, a space that would serve as a "response to a powerful sun moving across a big sky." Beautiful, bright photos complement the author's loving descriptions of the plants' attributes and origins. He shares the methods he and his wife used to brainstorm their garden's layout, feel and contents, and offers detailed supply lists as well. Calhoun's sometimes unorthodox methods of acquiring flora and fauna make for good copy; the prairie zinnia escapade (in which he decides to appropriate wildflowers growing across the street from a police department) is one winning example. Though detail is plentiful, from rainfall statistics to prickly pear varieties, the text maintains a balance between practical and personal. Calhoun's apparent affinity for similes adds personality; for example, "Mesquite trees are as promiscuous as a single mother of six kids with different fathers making an appearance on Jerry Springer." Though most useful for readers living in the Southwest, the book's humor and autobiographical aspects broaden its appeal. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887896665
Publisher:
Rio Nuevo Publishers
Publication date:
01/19/2005
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Calhoun is the author of The Hot Garden, Yard Full of Sun (which was a 2006 American Horticultural Society Book of the Year), and Chasing Wildflowers, which was a winner of the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Award of Achievement. A full time freelancer maintaining a rigorous schedule, Calhoun works as a writer, teacher, and garden designer. His company, Zona Gardens, is located is Tucson, Arizona.

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