Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden

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Algonquin Books, 1997 - Gardening - 233 pages
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Mrs. Whaley's tiny, walled garden is said to be the most visited private garden in America. And no wonder. It is the life's work of a forceful, vibrant, sociable, opinionated, determined woman who has spent the last eighty-five years cultivating whatever life offered. Now, in conversations with award-winning lowcountry novelist William Baldwin, Mrs. Whaley takes us on a tour of her garden - and of her life. Each year since 1940, Mrs. Whaley has made her garden new again and herself through it. She yanks out annuals and perennials alike. She prunes with a vengeance. ("I never walk into my garden without my clippers in hand.") She is careful not to overdo. ("Remember! There's such a thing as too many dancing girls!") As an ever-evolving work of art, the garden reflects Mrs. Whaley's hard-headed determination to make the most of her own remarkable existence. William Baldwin captures and preserves in these pages an intuitive gardener's wisdom. And thanks to this gardener's bracing, positive attitude, we see how a practical personal philosophy might indeed grow out of one's beloved garden.
  

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User Review  - leavesandpages - LibraryThing

The garden is rather incidental to the rest of the memoirs of Mrs. Whaley. A pleasant, possibly rather rose-coloured vision by a woman who by and large was extremely fortunate in her privileged life ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer Scripps - Goodreads

This is a little, quirky gem of a book. I am not a huge gardener but after this read wish I was. Mrs. Whaley is full of enthusiastic advice for living and her charm is evident on every page. Read full review

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Contents

To Begin
3
Junior
7
Mr Briggs
15
The Belvidere Garden
25
A Gardening Glossary
33
My Garden
47
REMEMBERING
77
Nan
79
School
133
Tennis
149
LIVING
159
Ben
161
Social Life
171
Preservation
181
Cooking
189
Rosie
205

Dad
87
The Pinopolis Garden
101
The Pinopolis Parlor
111
Pinopolis Memories
125
SelfEsteem
209
To Conclude
211
An Appendix of Garden Dos and Donts
221
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About the author (1997)

Emily Whaley was born in 1911 in Pinopolis, South Carolina. The mother of three daughters and grandmother of seven, she divided her time between her houses (and their kitchens) in Charleston, South Carolina, and Flat Rock, North Carolina. She died in June 1998.

William A. Ringler, Jr. (1912-1987), best known for his definitive edition of the "Poems of Sir Philip Sidney" (1962), was also highly regarded for a wide range of studies in English Renaissance literature, including bibliographies of half of the major and all of the minor Tudor poets for the "New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature" (1974). "The Bibliography and Index of English Verse, 1476-1558" (1988), based on his research in poetic manuscripts, was published shortly after his death.
Michael Flachmann, a former student of William Ringler's at the University of Chicago, is now a professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield, where he specializes in literature of the English Renaissance. He has published six books and numerous articles on Shakespeare and related topics.

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