Gardening in Eden: The Joys of Planning and Tending a Garden

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 13, 2007 - Gardening - 208 pages
"Though an old man," Thomas Jefferson wrote at Monticello, "I am but a young gardener." Every gardener is.

In Gardening in Eden, we enter Arthur Vanderbilt's small enchanted world of the garden, where the old wooden trestle tables of a roadside nursery are covered in crazy quilts of spring color, where a catbird comes to eat raisins from one's hand, and a chipmunk demands a daily ration of salted cocktail nuts. We feel the oppressiveness of endless winter days, the magic of an old-fashioned snow day, the heady, healing qualities of wandering through a greenhouse on a frozen February afternoon, the restlessness of a gardener waiting for spring.

With a sense of wonder and humor on each page, Arthur Vanderbilt takes us along with him to discover that for those who wait, watch, and labor in the garden, it's all happening right outside our windows.

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An amiable journey through Vanderbilt's (Golden Days, 1998) gardening year.The garden is a small patch, a half acre in northern New Jersey, and Vanderbilt came to it slowly: "If the grass was ... Read full review

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Vanderbilt (author of Fortune's Children, a biography about the Vanderbilt offspring) has gardened in his northern New Jersey suburban yard for over 20 years. His new book is partly a memoir and ... Read full review

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Attorney, author, avid gardener, Arthur T. Vanderbilt II practices law in New Jersey and is the author of many works of nonfiction, including Fortune's Children, Golden Days, and The Making of a Bestseller. He lives in northern New Jersey.

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