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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604690968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604690965
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,698,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No one has ever traveled down the garden path with quite the same flair as Beverley Nichols. The latest Timber Press reprints are here, ready to bolster the case."—Bob Cowden, Pacific Horticulture, Winter 2003

Book Description

Our recent re-release of Beverley Nichols's Merry Hall Trilogy and of Beverley Nichols: A Life by Bryan Connon has precipitated a major revival of interest in this author's wonderful, witty, urbane, and delightful observations of gardens and people. We are pleased to announce the re-release of two more Nichols favorites, Garden Open Today, and Garden Open Tomorrow, to follow in fall. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on June 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Every year, the National Gardens Scheme Charitable Trust ([...]) in the UK issues the "yellow book" listing details (dates, locations, composition of garden, entrance fee, etc.) about private gardens of England and Wales open to the public on special occasions when a sign will be posted saying "Garden Open Today." The 500+ page yellow book is a county by county guide to these gardens of "quality, character, and interest."
Beverly Nichols book GARDEN OPEN TODAY (first published in 1963) is the next best thing, a narrative tour describing his garden which before his death he opened occasionally to the public. The book is lovingly illustrated with `whimsical' drawings by William McLaren (one photograph of Nichols and his friend Reginald Gaskin collecting money for charity at the entrance to the Nichols' grounds).
Nichols was a "real gardener" who worked side-by-side with several hired gardeners described in his earlier books, including MERRY HALL, LAUGHTER ON THE STAIR, and SUNLIGHT ON THE LAWN. If you haven't discovered Beverly Nichols and you love gardening and/or visiting gardens, you are in for a treat. His books are humorous and instructive, and definitely for cat lovers. (He wrote several books about cats). In GARDEN OPEN TODAY, he takes you step by step through his current garden (he moved a few times and wrote books about several gardens) pointing out some of the more interesting flowers and features.
As usual, the best bits of Nichols' book are anecdotal. His chapter on flower arrangers (apparently the bane of his existence) is hilarious. Nichols was a "loose bunch" kind of guy who detested those who "tortured" flowers in order to twist them into unnatural shapes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jody TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If Bertie Wooster and Gertrude Jekyll had a son, surely he would have been Beverley Nichols. Anglophile gardeners, cat, music and humor lovers will adore Nichols' superb story-telling in this book and its sequel 'Garden Open Tomorrow'. The illustrations aren't too shabby, either. As an avid gardener, I've jotted down the names of some plants Mr. Nichols swears should be in every garden, though I'll have to spend some time Googling to translate the names he uses into American gardening lingo.

The real juice of this book however, is in deftly hilarious portraits of hypothetical lady gardeners, retirees planting their first garden, and cats. In the hands of a less skillful writer these would be twee bores, as would characterizations of people as types of soil(attributed to Elinor Glyn), a chapter on the real Constance Spry and the occasional breathtaking sentence like one about lilies and music that you'll just have to read for yourself.

In the tradition of P.G. Wodehouse and E. F. Benson, 'Garden Open Today' is a more than worthy addition to any collection of lighter Britlit, and I am gleefully looking forward to reading anything else by Mr. Nichols I can get my hands on. Oh, happy, happy day when I picked up this one, I'd give it ten stars if I could!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bubbles on January 12, 2010
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I had to have a journal on my lap while reading this book in order to write down all the wonderful ideas and new plants!
Heftier in gardening tips, etc than his prior books (which included humorous distractions of country life and people,) it may surprise some who expect more of the same. However, if you love him and love gardening, get this book!
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By PAK on January 7, 2014
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If you enjoy gardening, you should enjoy this book. But I would suggest starting with Nichols' masterpiece: Merry Hall, the first book in a wonderful trilogy.
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