From Library Journal
Published in 1951, this example of "garden literature" relates how author Nichols constructed a massive garden on a run-down estate. Not a straight "how-to," Nichols's text also includes humorous portraits of the locals who both assist and frustrate his efforts. The text is buttressed with numerous black-and-white drawings.
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...Merry Hall, first published in 1951 and reissued this year by the redoubtable Timber Press, is the very model of gardening insouciance. -- Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times Book Review, 12/6/98
His real energy goes into his opinions, which-like those of most English garden lovers-are unshaded by doubt. -- Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Globe, May 21, 2000
Nichols' particular gift is to entertain, enlighten, and enrich his readers. -- Stephanie Feeney, The American Gardener, May/June 1998
Nichols's wit and silly adventures...add a bit of welcome hilarity to the all-too-serious literature of gardening. -- Anne Raver, New York Times, February 27, 2000