Bringing a Garden to Life

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Bantam Books, 1998 - Gardening - 273 pages
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In the literature of gardening there are many how-to books and nearly an equal number of philosophical essays. Here is a book that is both. Carol Williams elucidates with elegant simplicity the basic processes of gardening and the handling of plants. She also eloquently demonstrates how in bringing a garden to life, the gardener, too, comes to life. From mapping a garden and planting a lettuce seed, to feeding old perennial borders and pruning fruit trees, this book tells not just how but why, and vividly evokes the interest and pleasure of doing the job. Gardening beginners will be encouraged to take their first steps, while expert gardeners will find new sources of joy in their gardens. The author shares the practical wisdom of her own rich gardening experience and invokes the golden tradition of poets and philosophers throughout history who have turned to their gardens to read the book of nature.

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Eastern Long Island in New York State is the setting for this thoughtful account of establishing a place for plants to flourish. Horticulture writer and consultant Williams covers the spectrum of the ... Read full review


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Carol Williams has written about architecture, art, and gardening.  She has been a contributor to BioDynamics, the quarterly journal of biodynamic farming and gardening.  A graduate of M.I.T., she lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where she works as a gardening consultant.

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