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Suzy Bales' Down to Earth Gardener: Let Mother Nature Guide You to Success in Your Garden Hardcover – September 23, 2004

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About the Author

Suzy Bales is the author of 11 books including Garden Parties and A Garden of Fragrance. She is a contributing editor at Family Circle, Horticulture, Easy Gardening, and Homestyle and a regular contributor to the New York Times gardening column. Her numerous television appearances include hosting garden spots on Good Morning America. She divides her time between Manhattan and Oyster Bay, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (October 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875968945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875968940
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzy Bales has turned her lifelong passion for gardening and cooking into a career.
From 1987 until 1995, she was on the board of the W. Atlee Burpee & Company, overseeing new products and updating their catalog. She had her own weekly gardening column in Newsday for two years before joining Family Circle as their contributing garden editor for twelve years. She wrote for The New York Times for a year before joining Better Homes & Gardens as the Senior Editor for Gardening and Outdoor Living from 2004 until early 2007. She has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Horticulture, Beautiful Gardens, and Easy Gardening.

Suzy is the author of 14 books. The first eight books were in the Burpee American Gardening Series: Bulbs, Perennials, Annuals, Vegetables, Container Gardening, Roses and Vines, and Ready, Set, Grow, a book on children's gardening. She has also written:
Gifts from Your Garden (Prentice Hall, 1992)
A Garden of Fragrance (Harper Collins, 2000)
Garden Parties (Clarkson Potter, 2003)
The Down-To-Earth Gardner (Rodale, 2004)
The Garden in Winter (Rodale 2007)
Garden Bouquets and Beyond (Rodale 2010)

Suzy won the Garden Writer of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society in1995, and has twice been awarded the Quill and Trowel Award by The Garden Writers of America. In 2007 she received the Elizabeth Hamilton Great American Philanthropist award for her twenty-five years of volunteer work with abused and homeless children. In 2009 she is receiving an award from the New York Horticultural Society and being honored by Old Westbury Gardens for her garden writing.

Many gardeners and cooks recognize Suzy from her frequent TV appearances on ABC and NBC as well as her series of garden spots on Good Morning America. She travels and lectures constantly and has been the featured speaker at Epcot, the Williamsburg Garden Symposium and other flower shows across the country, including Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, St. Lewis and Atlanta. Suzy has twice been a featured speaker at the Disney Institute and was a judge and the headline speaker at the Northwest Garden Show in February 2004.

Suzy served on the boards of Hostra University, The American Horticultural Society and the Garden Conservancy and was a distinguished advisor to The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Old Westbury Gardens. Don't be surprised to find her magnificent six-acre garden on Long Island featured in national magazines and books.

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I highly recommend this book for both new and experienced gardeners. It will make an excellent addition to any gardener's library.

It is full of beautiful pictures (as are most gardening books) but it is also a fun book to read.

I kept it on my coffee table to peruse all summer.
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I actually don't garden, but I purchased this book for my mother. She absolutely loves it. I think she has read it from cover to cover. I personally don't know what a book on gardening should contain, but my mother finds the book very informative.
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Loved this book. I googled the author after reading an article she wrote for Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Kitchen Gardening Book and which was so beautifully written I knew I wanted to find more of her work. Love her garden artistry and the lovely photos of the plants and gardens-the only thing that could be better would be to see them in person. I learned a lot from the practical tips she shares on making the process of managing a garden easier. I am a native plant enthusiastist and though I raised my eyebrows a bit at her reference of using some known invasives in her gardens, still I was deeply reminded of gardening for beauty, fragrance, whimsy and solitude and the pure joy it can bring to one's soul. I like her perspective on imperfections and how she gently yet firmly reminds us gardens are never done or perfect, always a work of progress that draws energy forth through us in our quest to have experiment, learn and have fun. The chapter "In Conclusion" was the perfect ending and should be read by every gardener. I will definitey be reading more of her work.
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This was my all time favorite gardening book before the dog ate my original copy. I was thrilled to find a (very new) used copy. Loads of great advice and gorgeous photos make this a go to book for every season.
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After reading this book, I wasted to get my hands dirty. Suzy Bales writes as if she is a close friend, sharing her heartbreaks and success with humor . It is a wonderful read. Nothing boring here.
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