Gardening

The Potting-Shed Papers: On Gardens, Gardeners, and Garden History

Author: 
Charles Elliott
Publisher: 
Lyons Press
Publication Date: 
2002
ISBN: 
1-585-74540-5

cloth, 211 p., $24.95

The Potting-Shed Papers, a collection of witty essays on gardens and gardening, is one of those books that is a delight to read, as comfortable and easy as a tête-à-tête with an old friend. And that is what it seems Charles Elliott becomes after one enjoys his opinionated collection of short pieces on a disparate variety of topics, such as Ohio-made wine, the decline of allotment gardens, the search for the fever tree and the Japanese fascination with English gardens.

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Volume: 
5
Number: 
1

A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed

Author: 
James Fenton
Publisher: 
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
0-374-16029-5

cloth, 125 p., $18

James Fenton approaches planning a garden from a different point of view. Rather than starting with design and then concerning himself with choosing plants to fit the design, he asks, "What do I want to grow?" He looks at ornamental gardening as similar to vegetable gardening, emphasizing the importance of poring over seed catalogs and choosing what looks appealing.

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Volume: 
4
Number: 
6

Sunbelt Gardening: Success in Hot-Weather Climates

Author: 
Tom Peace
Publisher: 
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication Date: 
2000
ISBN: 
1-555-91356-3

paper, 288 p., $29.95

For those who live in the Sunbelt, this book offers inspiration and special advice to help gardeners achieve year-round gardening success. Traditional, formal designs are described in Sunbelt Gardening: Success in Hot-Weather Climates, along with informal gardens, with advice aimed at both the experienced gardener and novice.

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Volume: 
4
Number: 
1

Computer Gardening

Author: 
Susan Young
Publisher: 
Pascoe Publishing
Publication Date: 
2000
ISBN: 
0-953-93300-8

paper, 132 p., with CD-ROM, £19.99

Computer Gardening starts immediately by introducing the gardener to simple computer techniques. Numerous examples are provided using basic computer graphics and spreadsheets applied to common landscaping and garden design. The ease with which the computer handles the calculation on the amount of material and number of plants needed for a particular design makes one wonder how we ever did this before computers.

Volume: 
3
Number: 
5

A Year in Our Gardens: Letters by Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy

Author: 
Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy
Publisher: 
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
0-807-82603-0

cloth, 208 p., $27.50

Fans of Allen Lacy's garden writings will read this book with eagerness. For newcomers to his witty, personal and opinionated writing style, this book will serve as an appropriate introduction.

Volume: 
3
Number: 
5

New Louisiana Gardener

Author: 
Jacques-Felix Lelièvre
Publisher: 
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
0-807-12479-6

Originally published in New Orleans in 1838; English translation, introduction and annotations by Sally Kittredge Reeves.

cloth, 186 p., $29.95.

This delightful period piece offers a well-documented history of Louisiana home and market gardening around the year 1838, the original publication date of this work. Editor Sally Kittredge Reeves, using extensive research into French and English horticultural literature, presents a lost gardening treasure in its proper historical context.

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Volume: 
3
Number: 
4

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