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A Year at North Hill : Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden Paperback – May 15, 1996

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"Passionate, reflective, inspiring, endlessly quotable, and filled with good humor and humanity. It joins that tiny handful of fine gardening texts that are also literature. "-Allen Lacy, The New York Times Book Review

"In which poetry is perfectly at home with the eminently practical matters of gardening . . . a gold mine of practical advice. "-Anne Raver, The New York Times

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805046143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805046144
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Never did I expect to be so conflicted about why I love a book. This one has it all. Such a beautifully written love story about a garden and the shared lives of two people who have a vision and the courage to create a truly great landscape. The sheer volume of information about specific plants and how they are used are invaluable to me. To have all this knowledge presented in such a beautifully written book is such a gift. I've already read it twice. I've had my copy of this book for two years now and it wouldn't surprise me if I picked it up for a fresh reading sometime this winter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Owl on March 16, 2013
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Oh lovers of gardens, lovers of beautifully presented books, and lovers of love itself, you will find many delights in Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd's "A Year at North Hill: Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden."

The book gives even more than it promises. Instead of four chapters, Eck and Winterrowd give us 12 generous chapters, one for each of the months beginning, as a gardener should, not with sleep-like-unto-death January but with awakening: the month of April. What a difference it makes to start a book with what keeps us carrying bags of fertilizer up hills, on our knees weeding, and plotting the resurrection (E.B. White's lovely words about his wife's bulb-planting as her own death approached).

Eck and Winterrowd writes as landscape architects about the climate, terrain, and changes they have made to their almost 10 acre garden and the whole 23 acre land of which they are custodians. When they talk about the hundreds of species, types, and variants they have nudged into flourishing in as unlikely a climate as Vermont's, they have us enthralled with their horticultural chops. AThis is close to a how-to book for gardeners in their approach & principles. It helps, obviously, to be besotted with gardening, to organize one's life around your acres and spend to the edge of financial doom to bring vision to realization.

When we do reach the long sleep of Vermont gardens it is with a deep appreciation of how to every season there is indeed a purpose under heaven.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
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I've worked for years in the extensive gardens of children's book author/illustrator Tomie dePaola (26 FAIRMOUNT AVENUE and other books). This book has helped me appreciate what I do and has helped me "see" the value and the beauty in plants and shrubs and colors, etc., that I never before saw or understood. It's a wonderful book.
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By D. Carlson on March 16, 2015
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I love reading about other people's garden stories and this book did not disappoint. They had great plant knowledge, but i never felt like I was being talked down to. Their garden chores and to-do's written by month are similar to my own and so I could relate. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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By Cathy Hartland on January 19, 2014
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This book is beautifully written, a pleasure to read over the long winter, dreaming of gardens and green. It has sent me hurrying to look up more about plants unfamiliar to me and nurseries new to me. I'm inspired by this book, and I'm reading it slowly to savor every paragraph and every photo.
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