Beth Chatto's Garden Notebook

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Orion, 1998 - Gardening - 372 pages
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Beth Chatto's Garden Notebook was originally published in 1988 as the third in a trilogy documenting the creation of her famous gardens at Elmstead Market in Essex. Arranged according to the months of the gardening year, the Notebook gently draws the reader into the rhythms of Mrs. Chatto's life. It describes the routines and chores that go with running a nursery; the tending of the display beds; and the pleasures and crises of a busy family. Through it all she shares with the reader the joy she finds in her gardens and her unquenchable curiosity about plants and planting. This is the Chatto philosophy in a nutshell, and her wisdom and advice are applicable to gardens in any part of the world, not just her dry and windy corner of Essex. Thomas Fischer, in a delightful new introduction to this edition, describes Chatto's remarkable career and explains why her design philosophy as well as the practical advice she offers is so appealing to American gardeners.

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User Review  - rlangston - LibraryThing

Slightly repetitive and at times just a list of plants rather than any detail on growing etc. My favourite aspects were those dealing with,everyday life at the nursery, Read full review

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User Review  - Panayoti Kelaidis - Goodreads

A good, if slightly dilatory read: Chatto is a cutting edge gardener and nurserywoman and this book is a heartfelt journey through what is likely a "typical" year--remarkably hectic and eventful and ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Beth Chatto runs her own Garden and Nursery for Unusual Plants at Elmstead Market near Colchester. Winner of ten Gold Medals at Chelsea, she also holds the Royal Horticultural Society┐s Victoria Medal of Honour and an honorary doctorate from Essex University for her services to horticulture. She is the author of a host of gardening classics and is also co-author of Dear Friend and Gardener, written with her long-standing friend and fellow gardener, Christopher Lloyd.

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