Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols

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Timber Press, Incorporated, 2009 - Gardening - 135 pages
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Beverley Nichols (1898–1983) was a prolific author, playwright, composer, and media personality.
Though much of his work has been forgotten, his garden writing has stood the test of time. His amusing anecdotes, poetic contemplations, and penetrating observations speak to all gardeners — from houseplant killers to nursery professionals — and capture the joy, heartache, and hilarity of gardening.

Rhapsody in Green speaks to the true spirit of Beverley Nichols. Compiled by Roy C. Dicks and drawn from fifteen of his best titles, these carefully selected passages offer a tantalizing taste of Nichols's humor, passion, and poetry. Designed for easy browsing and casual reference, it is organized by subject, including favorite plants, despised plants, and the secrets to successful gardening. Readers will also delight in William McLaren's original line drawings spread throughout the text. A must-have for Nichols fans, gardeners, and plant lovers.

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As a teenager many years ago, I had come across Mr. Nichols' books. Even though my neighbourhood library was quite an excellent small library, it did not have all of Mr. Nichols' books. When I found ... Read full review

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Beverley Nichols (1898-1983) was a prolific writer on subjects ranging from religion to politics and travel, in addition to authoring six novels, five detective mysteries, four children's stories, six autobiographies, and six plays. He is perhaps best remembered today for his gardening books. The first of them, Down the Garden Path, centered on his home and garden at Glatton and has been in print almost continuously since 1932. Merry Hall (1951) and its sequels Laughter on the Stairs (1953) and Sunlight on the Lawn (1956) document Nichols' travails in renovating a Georgian mansion and its gardens soon after the war. His final garden was at Sudbrook Cottage, which serves as the setting for Garden Open Today (1963) and Garden Open Tomorrow (1968). The progress of all three gardens was followed avidly by readers of his books and weekly magazine columns.

Roy C. Dicks is a professional librarian, actor, stage director, and music critic (with a particular passion for opera).nbsp; He is a world-class expert on Beverley Nichols who has contributed forewords and indexes to many Nichols reprints.

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