Garden Open Today

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Lightning Source Incorporated, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
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When Beverley Nichols first published Garden Open Today in 1963, he was already well known for his "garden adventure" books such as Down the Garden Path and Merry Hall, whose unforgettable characters still live in the imaginations of present-day gardeners. In Garden Open Today, however, Nichols attempted a departure from his previous gardening books; he sought to distill 30 years of practical gardening experience in an entertaining fashion, and perhaps to strike back at critics who whispered that he was not a "real gardener." Our new facsimile edition includes a foreword and plant-name index by Roy C. Dicks.

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User Review  - Karen Floyd - Goodreads

Nichols wrote this in the 1960's, when he was told that his "whimsy" was out of date, so there's not so much storytelling, and only one or two "characters." What a shame! But he still has his sense of humor and knows his gardening and plants. Read full review

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User Review  - Mo - Goodreads

Need to have sent from Naples Library. look at 635.9 NIC for others Doc & Katy Collection Several of his others are available through Monroe County Library System. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Beverley Nichols (1898-1983) was a prolific writer on subjects ranging from religion to politics and travel, in addition to authoring six novels, five detective mysteries, four children's stories, six autobiographies, and six plays. He is perhaps best remembered today for his gardening books. The first of them, Down the Garden Path, centered on his home and garden at Glatton and has been in print almost continuously since 1932. Merry Hall (1951) and its sequels Laughter on the Stairs (1953) and Sunlight on the Lawn (1956) document Nichols' travails in renovating a Georgian mansion and its gardens soon after the war. His final garden was at Sudbrook Cottage, which serves as the setting for Garden Open Today (1963) and Garden Open Tomorrow (1968). The progress of all three gardens was followed avidly by readers of his books and weekly magazine columns.

Roy C. Dicks is a professional librarian, actor, stage director, and music critic (with a particular passion for opera). He is a world-class expert on Beverley Nichols who has contributed forewords and indexes to many Nichols reprints.

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