A Southern Garden

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UNC Press Books, Feb 1, 2001 - Gardening - 251 pages
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The author believes gardening in the middle South, where seasons have no definite boundaries but merge imperceptibly, could and should be a year-round pleasure. She takes us through the cycle of seasons, telling which plants are most suitable to which sea

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A classic! Though it was written 70 years ago, the writing is still fresh and interesting. There is a wealth of information on plants and gardening in the Middle South but it is written as an almost intimate look at the relationship between the author and her garden throughout the year. I was very inspired by the book and remade my garden based on the author's advice. Not only is it a good read, it is an invaluable reference. You will be Google-ing for hours checking names and looking for pictures of the plants she describes. I have worn my copy out and am buying a new copy today. By the way, her garden in Charlotte has been preserved by the Garden Conservancy and is open to the public. 

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A classic book on Southern gardening by a North Carolinian. Read full review

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Publishers Note
An Apology for Myself as a Gardener
In a Southern Garden
Two Months of Winter
Spring Comes in February
An Introduction to Summer
The Climax of Fall
Frostand the Garden Year Begins Again
Further Notes 1967
Blooming Dates

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About the author (2001)

Elizabeth Lawrence was the first woman to receive a degree in landscape architecture from the North Carolina State College School of Design. Her own legendary gardens in Raleigh and Charlotte provided the background for her books and columns.

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