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The Self-Taught Gardener: Lessons from a Country Garden Hardcover – March 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1ST edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670860719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670860715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eddison's congenial guide provides novices with equal parts inspirational support and practical counsel as the popular garden writer achieves her aim to be the "gardening friend" that new gardeners need. Shepherding her charges along on the great adventure of making a garden, Eddison reveals lessons learned over the years while caring for her own Connecticut landscape. Intermingled are details of design elements and plant culture in gardens tended by Eddison's accomplished gardening cohorts. Pondering the planning and planting of a garden, eager beginners will find mentor Eddison's love of gardening contagious, understanding just how the garden serves as a creative expression of one's life. Although opinionated and unafraid to state her own position on any number of issues emphatically, Eddison gives new gardeners permission to trust their instincts, if only to learn from their mistakes. Alice Joyce

More About the Author

For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, Sydney Eddison received the Connecticut Horticultural Society's Gustav A. L. Melquist Award in 2002; the New England Wild Flower Society's Kathryn S. Taylor Award in 2005; The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut's Bronze Medal in 2006; and in 2010, the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and continues to teach a course on color at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For fans of other books by Sydney Eddison, this one will not disappoint. The motif of the book is that Sydney is that "expert friend" who is always one step, but only one step, ahead of where you are. This book covers all the things you would be wondering about in a logical, easy to follow order. It makes for excellent start-to-finish reading, and will also be an excellent reference over the years. Written in a congenial, friendly style, this book is a wonderful mix of anecdote, scientific detail, and good common sense born of years of learning on the part of the author. She has done a great service by getting it all down on paper and will certainly make the way that much easier for many who follow.
This book should be read with pencil in hand, as the sheer number of ideas and insights you will have while reading it will need to be captured.
All in all, a wonderful book for those wondering "what do I do now" as well as those with years of experience. Of particular note: the two chapters on "Easy perennials for shade" and "Easy perennials for sun" give you the confidence of where to start when planning your own garden, and form the basis for a lifetime of future learning.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Greg on February 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I cannot begin to recommend this book enough. As a new (and admittedly obsessive) gardener, I've purchased some $500 of gardening books in the last few months. This author takes you by the hand, with encouragement, wit and guidance, and leads you into gardening without fear. I've been fretting about color combinations, mistakes, whether I should buy three of a plant (or one or six.......), etc. etc. All of this and so much more is dealt with. I do wish there were some more photographs, but the writing is the draw here. Wonderful recommendations. A superb book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Sydney inspires all - the beginner, and the expert. She has a compassionate understanding of how gardening touches each of us.
I highly recommend all her books!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Sanders on September 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have attended many of Sydney's Garden Club lectures and classes at the New York Botanical Garden and by no means is she unexperienced or a novice. Many artists, chefs, designers, authors, etc. are self-taught and have field experience that no classroom can provide.
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