Garden Whimsy

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Houghton Mifflin, 1999 - Gardening - 144 pages
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If it sometimes seems that gardening is all work and no play, here's the book that will turn that canard on its head. Garden Whimsy is an entertaining look at the lighter side of gardening -- a refreshing change from how-to books on composting and double-digging. When author Tovah Martin lectures, her talk on garden whimsy is the one her audiences like best. This book brings her marvelous stories, illustrated by Richard Brown's stunning photographs, to the wider audience that has come to appreciate this talented team. So what is whimsy, botanically speaking? It may be as subtle as an inscription on a sundial or as noticeable as a child-size lighthouse. Birdhouses and scarecrows are favorite subjects, and so are topiary animals, capricious gates, and fences topped with the gardener's collection of blackbirds, kitchen utensils, or gardening gloves. It is eccentric, askew -- in short, whatever strikes a witty gardener's fancy. Best of all, it will inspire the reader to go and do likewise.

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Gardeners who have spent the summer battling the heat, the droughts, and the ever-encroaching weeds will find pleasure in this book. Martin (Tasha Tudor's Garden) and Brown combine their skills here ... Read full review

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Tovah Martin is one of my favorite garden writers. Reading this book was like traveling to visit each of these gardens with a knowledgeable and witty tour guide. Read full review

About the author (1999)

Tovah Martin is the author of "Garden Whimsy," "Tasha Tudor's Garden," & "Indoor Gardens," among other garden books. She is a popular lecturer & lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Richard W. Brown, most recently the author of "My Kind of Garden," lives in Peacham, Vermont.

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