Gardening

Colonizing Nature: The Tropics in British Arts and Letters 1760–1820

Author: 
Beth Fowkes Tobin
Publisher: 
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
0–812–23835–4

paper, 255 p., $55.00

Examining eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature and the arts in this publication, educator Beth Fowkes Tobin theorizes that these forces were responsible for the British belief that tropical lands were a paradise that required British management. Influenced by the poetry, art, and unrealistic narratives of travelers, the British pursued a colonization policy that was blind to reality, founded on their belief of the superiority of British upper classes over native populations, and based on the enslavement of the peoples of tropical lands.

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Volume: 
8
Number: 
1

The Healing Garden: A Practical Guide for Physical & Emotional Well-being

Author: 
Sue Minter
Publisher: 
Eden Project Books
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
1–903–91941–x

cloth, 192 p., $25.00

A proponent of the healing properties of plants and gardens for people, British author Sue Minter dwells on the relationship between plants and people. It is through the use of plants as medicine and food, as well as through their landscape value for pleasing the senses and providing a spiritual haven, that the quality of life is improved for human beings.

Volume: 
8
Number: 
1

The Gardens of the National Trust for Scotland

Author: 
Francesca Greenoak
Publisher: 
Aurum Press
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
1–845–13037–5

cloth, 223 p., $55.00

Only recently have the gardens of Scotland begun to receive the public appreciation that they so richly deserve for their beauty. According to garden writer Francesca Greenoak, seventeenth-century records exist of visitors praising distinguished sites, but only lately has there been a true assessment of their quality, history, and horticultural significance in Scottish culture.

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Volume: 
8
Number: 
1

A Taste for Gardening: Classes and Gendered Practices

Author: 
Lisa Taylor
Publisher: 
Ashgate Publishing
Publication Date: 
2008
ISBN: 
978–0–75467–221–0

cloth, 218 pp., $99.95

A scholarly look at gardening from a media standpoint is the thrust of this analysis of the impact of class and gender on modes of gardening in Britain. This topic may be of interest to British sociologists and the news media, but Taylor's research findings are based on an inquiry of only 21 gardeners (12 women and nine men). One might argue that this sample is far too small to draw elaborate conclusions on gardening, class, and gender. A much broader and diverse sample might have made the conclusions of the author more compelling.

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Volume: 
10
Number: 
6

Delia’s Kitchen Garden: A beginner’s guide to growing and cooking fruit and vegetables

Author: 
Gay Search
Publisher: 
BBC Books
Publication Date: 
2004
ISBN: 
0–563–52113–9

cloth, 168 p., $35.00

When Gay Search, author and producer of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World, and Delia Smith, best-selling cookbook author famous for her BBC cooking programs, collaborate on a book, it’s a pretty good bet that it will be both interesting and informative. If I had to choose, I don’t know whether I would rather have Gay Search in my garden, guiding me through all the months of the year, or Delia Smith in my kitchen cooking up some of the wonderful produce from my kitchen garden.

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Volume: 
7
Number: 
6

American Horticultural Society Southeast Smart Garden Regional Guide

Author: 
Rita Pelczar and William E. Barrick
Publisher: 
DK Publishing
Publication Date: 
2004
ISBN: 
0–789–49494–9

paper, 400 p., $30.00

Rita Pelczar and William Barrick encourage gardeners to make intelligent decisions in their selections of plants and tools to carry out gardening interests. Continuing with this theme, the authors recommend that individual gardeners must assess personal abilities, interests, lifestyle, and garden site conditions prior to planning and selecting garden plants.

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Volume: 
7
Number: 
6

The First-Time Gardener or Everything the Beginner Needs to Know to Create, Maintain and Enjoy a Garden

Author: 
Jonathan Edwards
Publisher: 
Carroll & Brown
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
1–903–25830–8

paper, 192 p., $22.00

Even though the principles set out in this book are by a British author they are applicable to gardening everywhere.

Jonathan Edwards begins this comprehensive work with a glossary of garden terms. He removes the mystery of gardening jargon with clear and succinct explanations. A "tender" plant, for example, is a plant killed by cold. "Herbaceous plants" are perennials that produce soft non-woody growth and die down each winter. "Hessian" is described as "sacking" — a British term for what in America is called "burlap."

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Volume: 
7
Number: 
5

Giant Book of Garden Solutions: 1,954 Natural Remedies to Handle your Toughest Garden Problems

Author: 
Jerry Baker
Publisher: 
American Master Products
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
0–922–43351–8

cloth, 376 p., $29.95

A whimsical treatise on common plant problems, this book is loosely organized into sections on flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, general culture and various potions for dealing with plant problems. The author’s theme is providing solutions through the use of common (and not so common) household products.

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Volume: 
6
Number: 
6

First Garden: An Illustrated Garden Primer

Author: 
C. Z. Guest
Publisher: 
Rizzoli
Publication Date: 
2003
ISBN: 
0–847–82602–3

cloth, 127 p., $19.95

This is a book that can easily be read in a couple of hours. Primer is an apt word for it, for as the author clearly states at the outset, this is a book for the beginning gardener, with a simple system of rules to follow. Author C. Z. Guest makes no pretense for First Garden: An Illustrated Garden Primer; her hope is that her book will introduce readers to the joy of gardening, an activity from which she, herself, has drawn much pleasure.

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Volume: 
6
Number: 
5

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