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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; 2nd edition (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573245011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573245012
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simple Pleasures of the Garden is a follow-up to the very popular Simple Pleasures; Susannah Seton was inspired to write it because so many of the suggestions, stories, and recipes from the earlier book were about gardens and gardening. Organized by season, each section contains subheadings under which information is organized: "In the Garden," "With Family and Friends," "Into the Kitchen," "Beautifying Your Home," and "Nourishing Body and Soul." Seton's approach is thorough. She offers tips and stories on herb gardening, information on growing flowers for aroma or to attract butterflies, techniques for toxic-free gardening and composting, and instructions for making simple baskets and wreaths, floral-scented oils and lotions, and potpourri. Her advice doesn't neglect the palate, either: you'll find delightful, simple recipes for cooked vegetables, salads, blackberry jam, rhubarb-strawberry crisp, and many more. It is a delight to browse through Simple Pleasures of the Garden and fantasize, but the danger is that you will want to jump into your own gardening projects. Not to worry, though, beginning gardeners and those with almost no space will find plenty of guidance, including many indoor gardening projects. Just browsing through this book will probably lower your blood pressure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Seton has collected 60 brief stories, arranged seasonally, on the pleasures of gardening. The narratives concern seeds, wildflowers, rose petals, butterflies, birds, fireflies, the language of flowers, pressed flowers, stones--and even weeds, worms, and muck. A selection of recipes is included for rose wine, herbal teas, soups, salads, relish, muffins, jams, buns, and natural headache remedies. Directions for making such items as paper cup lights, onion and garlic braids, a potted candle, napkin rings, a dried flower swag, baskets, wreaths, and potpourri are presented. George Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Win on May 4, 2010
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I have always enjoyed Simple Pleasures Books but this one is a definite favorite! It exceeded my expectations with gardening helpful hints and some outstanding recipes. An easy read and well worth the price!
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By Jim M. Stych on November 7, 2013
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Excellent illustrations, clarity, and application. A gift for our daughter who, upon receipt, called and was excited. She is already using several receipes.
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I love this book and plan to give it as a gift often- the stories and wonderful and really made me stop and think about how much I love gardening and the peace of mind I get from weeding, sowing seeds, gathering roses and tending my little Eden. The recipes, craft ideas and quotes are quite inspiring. It is true, our gardens grow us.
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By Susan Buckley on December 7, 2014
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Great ideas and fun to read!
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