Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

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Timber Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Gardening - 204 pages
Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved -- pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots -- become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what's the alternative?

In Gardening for a Lifetime, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help -- another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. Or maybe it makes sense to get rid of high-maintenance trees, shrubs, or perennials.

This edition features a new chapter in which Sydney's struggles with hip and back problems
force her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, "Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I'm happy to
see that you've read it." Gentle, personable, and practical, Gardening for a Lifetime will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the rewarding, joy-filled activity it was meant to be.

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User Review  - turtlesleap - LibraryThing

A pleasant survey of a beautiful private garden written by someone who loved it very much. This is less a teaching book than a rumination on all the decision making that went into the making and ... Read full review

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I loved this book! Sydney Eddison's writing is at once transcendent and accessible. Her joy of gardening pours from every page. I wish I was her neighbor! Read full review


Tracing the Gardens History
Rethinking the Perennial Borders
Substituting Shrubs for Perennials
Appreciating the Shady Border
Living in Harmony with the Forest
Learning to Make Lists
Learning from Experience
Managing Mature Plants
11 What Next? Deciding Whether to Stay Put or Move On
Keeping Them Small and Simple
Using the Garden Setting
Arranging Potted Plants with a Purpose
Exploring New Ways to Garden
Making the Most of What You Have Left

Searching for Help
Accepting Imperfection

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About the author (2010)

Sydney Eddison has written six other books on gardening. She has been honored by National Garden Clubs Inc. with their Award of Excellence for 2010. For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, she has also received the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s Gustav A. L. Melquist Award in 2002; the New England Wild Flower Society’s Kathryn S. Taylor Award in 2005; and in 2006, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Bronze Medal. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and is a frequent contributor to Fine Gardening magazine and other publications.

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