A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed

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Macmillan, Apr 20, 2005 - Gardening - 144 pages
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"An engaging mix of the serious and the playful, and Fenton writes with a lightness of touch perfectly suited to the subject." --Alexander Urquhart, The Times Literary Supplement

Forget structure. Forget trees, shrubs, and perennials. As James Fenton writes, "This is not a book about huge projects. It is about thinking your way toward the essential flower garden, by the most traditional of routes: planting some seeds and seeing how they grow."

In this light hearted, instructive, original "game of lists," Fenton selects one hundred plants he would choose to grow from seed. Flowers for color, size, and exotic interest; herbs and meadow flowers; climbing vines, tropical species--Fenton describes readily available varieties, and tells how to acquire and grow them.

Here is a happy, stylish, unpretentious, and thought-provoking gardening book that will beguile and inspire both novice and expert alike.


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User Review  - David Ward - Goodreads

A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed by James Fenton (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)(635.9) is a lighthearted approach to gardening whereby the author recommends a hundred varieties of plant that he deems essential to fulfilling some purpose in the garden. My rating: 7/10, finished 2008. Read full review

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User Review  - Ursulawt Willaredt - Goodreads

Beautifully written, great ideas for a flower garden - if one only had time. Love the book, though. Read full review


Flowers and Their Colors
Flowers for Their Size
Flowers That Hop Around
Flowers for Cutting
The Perennial Prejudice
Useful and Decorative Herbs
The MicroMeadow
The Poppy Festival
g Climbers on Impulse
For the Tropical Look
As an Afterthought
The Rest of the Kit
When Raising Plants from Seed The Seed List

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About the author (2005)

James Fenton is a poet, critic, and gardener. From 1994 to 1999 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford, where he has created a noted garden. He writes about poetry, art history, and gardening for the New York Review of Books.

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