The Little Green Book of Gardening Wisdom

The Little Green Book of Gardening Wisdom

by Barbara Burn


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The Little Green Book of Gardening Wisdom by Barbara Burn

Surprising as it may seem, the first place an experienced gardener looks for advice and ideas is not the local gardening store or even the nearby botanical garden, but a good library. Gardeners have been sharing their wisdom for thousands of years, and their books and treatises still provide a rich resource for growers and landscapers today. Here in this volume is a bouquet of quotations that will strike a responsive chord with anyone who has ever worked the soil or just admired nature’s handiwork. Areas that are covered include the metaphorical…
• Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.
Jean Anouilh, The Lark (1952)

words of encouragement…

-Then seek your job with thankfulness and work till further orders,
If it's only netting strawberries or killing slugs on borders;
And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden,
You will find yourself a partner in the Glory of the Garden.
Rudyard Kipling, “The Glory of the Garden” (1911)

• To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)

and the practical…
• Three fundamental aspects of border design—site, shape, and size—have at least as great an effect on the ease of garden maintenance as does the actual selection of plants.
Frederick McGourty, The Perennial Gardener (1989)

and much more. Drawing on sources ranging from the earliest agrarian civilizations to the present, The Little Red Book of Gardening Wisdom is a treasury of great ideas that will delight amateur and expert gardeners alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628737899
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,207,586
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Barbara Burn is an art book editor and writer with a special interest in gardening and gardening literature. She is the author of North American Wildflowers in the National Audubon Society Collection Nature Series, as well as The Horseless Rider and A Practical Guide to Impractical Pets. She serves on the board of the Bartow-Pell Conservancy and is a member of the Garden Club of City Island. She lives on City Island in The Bronx, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 The Art of Gardening 1

2 Holy Gardens 15

3 Learning from the Past 27

4 Design 45

Landscape Design 45

Garden Design 54

Practical Design Advice 63

5 The Gardener 73

6 Learning to Garden 93

7 Working in the Garden 101

Planting 106

Watering 109

Pruning 112

Weeding 115

Mulching 118

Pests 118

Harvesting 121

8 Plant Selection 125

Color 129

Flowers 138

Fruit Trees 142

Shrubs 147

Vines 149

Vegetables 151

Herbs 153

Roses 157

9 Why We Garden 165

Notes on Selected Authors 181

Works and Authors Quoted 195

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