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Window-Box Allotment

Window-Box Allotment
Penelope Bennett
Frances Lincoln
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cloth, 176 pp., $24.95

Penelope Bennett has no formal training as a gardener but she has learned through practical experience in a tiny garden outside her kitchen window how to grow an amazing variety of plants. She imparts her trials and errors with great detail and humor. In the Introduction, she explains the advantages of gardening in containers: “perfect for the elderly, children and the disabled ... container gardening is easier to observe.”

The book is divided into chapters for each month of the year with details of what you should be planning or planting at that time. This book goes far beyond the usual gardening guide or calendar, adding wonderful bits about Bennett’s travels and discoveries of seeds to add to her collection, some of which remain a mystery until they germinate. In the center of the book is a collection of color photographs, illustrations of her small terrace overflowing with plants. This book was a pleasure to read.

— Joan Richards, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden