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Gardening Books
A Summer Reading List

By July 24, 2011

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I love to read and I always learn something new, no matter how familiar the subject. This past year, publishers have been putting out a lot of new gardening titles. It seems gardening is popular again! I've had a chance to read quite a few of them and I thought I'd share some of my favorites.

At the head of the list is Sydney Eddison's memoir "Gardening for a Lifetime". I received a review copy from the publisher, but don't assume that biased me. I have all of Mrs. Eddison's prior books - autographed by her. The hellebores shown here are from her garden, when she was gracious enough to let my Master Gardener group visit and help her divide her patch. She writes with the same over the garden gate warmth and enthusiasm she has when she speaks. This wonderful book is about how she is coming to terms with getting older and not being able to have the expansive garden she spent her lifetime developing. It's full of wisdom and tips on how to keep gardening, even if it means accepting a little less garden and a little more imperfection. You don't have to be a senior to appreciate that.

You can read my full review of "Gardening for a Lifetime", which won the American Horticultural Society Book Award, and check out my recommended summer reading list. After all, you can't garden all the time; sometimes it's nice to see what other gardeners are up to.

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July 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm
(1) indio says:

I don’t usually read gardening books, but I just finished one that captivated me with its many useful tips and ideas. It was entitled by Ellen Sandbeck.

July 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm
(2) indio says:

Sorry the title didn’t come through when I tried to add html to it.
The title is Eat More Dirt.

July 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm
(3) Marie Iannotti says:

Sandbeck always has great titles. I haven’t read anything by her yet,but I’ve heard she has terrific advice on all thing green. I’ll have to look for it.

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