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Mrs. Greenthumbs Plows Ahead: Five Steps to the Drop-Dead Gorgeous Garden of Your Dreams Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (February 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609802658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609802656
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassandra Danz takes her gardening seriously--she just doesn't discuss it that way. Her practical advice in Mrs. Greenthumbs Plows Ahead is liberally sprinkled with humor (when training a rose to climb, "Don't take guff from a plant."). Danz structures the garden from the big-picture perspective; for example, make your garden a separate "room" or rooms, and carefully develop the most stirring palettes of compatible colors. ("Don't plant magenta next to taxicab yellow!") She discusses the advantages and pitfalls of a single-color palette, such as writer Vita Sackville-West's white garden, and shows how to create illusions of greater space in a small yard. Other hints, such as "the old newspaper trick" of mulching, will make your gardening an Edenic delight. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Finally, another practical, funny gardening guide from Danz, who won the Garden Writer's Association Quill and Trowel Award for her first book, Mrs. Greenthumbs : How I Turned a Boring Yard into a Glorious Garden and How You Can, Too (Crown, 1993). As in her columns and television appearances, Danz uses an easygoing, neighborly style that keeps the fun in gardening. With her typical brand of humor, she discusses garden design, touts the merits of perennials, gives tips on using color and bloom time to create a pleasing garden, and warns against plants that reproduce too freely. Anecdotes from her escapades in Great Britain are included, along with her comments on meeting gardening legend Christopher Lloyd. Her fans will undoubtedly be looking for this title. Others searching for gardening wisdom with a healthy dose of wit will enjoy it, too. Recommended for public libraries.?Bonnie Poquette, Appleton P.L., Wis.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the best garden book I've seen yet, and my shelves are lined with them. There is very useful gardening information here, unlike many of the pretty but impractical British books. It's especially helpful if you live and garden in the Northeast as the author does. She even covers the deer problem and what kinds of things they really won't eat. This book is also very funny and hard to put down. It will be on and off my shelf a lot this Spring as I re-work my garden with her great tips!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2000
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I ordered this book because I laughed til I wept reading the first Mrs. Greenthumbs book, and at the same time dog-eared pages to refer back to for specific information. A perfect gardening reference (or would have been perfect, with the addition of good drawings)! This sequel, however, is Mrs. Greenthumbs Lite. Though the lovely drawings in this volume are welcome and helpful, they feel like padding added to a thin mixture. While the material is useful and clear there just isn't much of it. Also, the humor in this book definitely strains for its effects and ends up being more vulgar than genuinely amusing (not the case with Mrs. Greenthumbs I, which is hilarious and, yes, somewhat risqué).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1998
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Cassandra Danz sprinkles funny anecdotes and asides over a foundation of good practical advice. This is a great book for busy, thrifty gardeners who want a fabulous garden, but don't have a legion of house servants. "Mrs. Greenthumbs" gave me many intriguing ideas on how to design a garden, like how to create "garden rooms" as well as using proportion and color schemes to advantage. She also brought what I *thought* was a placid, tranquil hobby to bodice-ripping, lusty life. Read it. You'll see.
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By Benchwarmer on September 3, 2009
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I love her books! They inspire me to garden, even though my thumbs aren't particularly green, and she does it in such a humorous fashion that I can't stop reading. I recommend her to all my so-so gardening friends and acquaintances.
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I really liked the first book for its saucy, slightly risque humor mixed with the garden advice.
I follow that "as long as you're digging a hole, plant several things in it" advice religiously and with good success.
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