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.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti