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Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older Hardcover – April 21, 2010
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A respected, beloved writer and speaker in the gardening world, Eddison shares her personal transition from dynamic garden maker to an aging garden caretaker. Revealing strategies she developed to reduce the workload inherent in maintaining perennial borders, Eddison presents a bullet-point list of “gleanings” to accompany each chapter. Determining which perennials merit a place while removing others is one option she explores. Gardeners who are no longer young will appreciate her recommendations for choosing shrubs that require less care, or plants that thrive in shade rather than sun. Making task lists might sound elemental, but Eddison explains the importance and effectiveness of such lists. And she suggests ways to search for help when one needs to spend less time maintaining one’s garden, a decision that can be difficult for type A gardeners as they grow older. Eddison’s thoughtful reflections are timely for countless gardeners who are approaching the time in their lives when a garden sanctuary can feel like a burden. --Alice Joyce
"Sydney Eddison is my kind of garden writer, now passing along wisdom acquired from 50 years. No BS, no rhetoric. Trust this writer; she knows what she’s talking about.”
"I found it liberating to be given an excuse to ditch some of my backbreaking chores. Who’s waiting to grow old? I’m preparing for the future right now. You can tuck this perfect gift into your basket."
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As important as our gardens are to many of us, the perspective of this little book reminds us that It is up to us to manage the part gardening plays in our lives. Much as we may once have queried ourselves, "Do I work to live or live to work?" "Do I eat to live or live to eat?" our hobbies can be the subject of the same inquiry, as every passionate gardener can attest. Mrs. Eddison does a huge favor of holding up the mirror for us see where we have been to one degree or another. Then she reminds us, as kindly as possible, that change happens, and often takes us by surprise. Her synthesis of all the lessons learned from the changes imposed, and the down-to-earth (pun intended) observations she shares as her "gleanings" offer us a chance to enjoy a triumphant final lap, even if from bench to bench, by transforming our spaces to lower maintenance.
The book is not just for older folks, but for everyone who is gardening, yet busy with family and work. Actually it is valuable information for the tyro gardener. If I had been privy to her advice from the start, my gardens would be different and I would have, perhaps, enjoyed them more.
I found this book to be so true of me and my garden. My friends tell me to downgrade and I tell them I am going to.....next year. Then I go to the nursery and buy more of everything. It is I am afraid a mental disease that gardeners never recuperate from. Oh well, I love working in my garden, usually five hours most days..
Sydney does a fabulous job of writing and telling it like it really is as you get.....older. Love the book!
Then I received the gift of this marvelous book and I found my sense of humor and balance again. Ego mixed with reason is a great gardening companion. I can enjoy my jousts with Nature again. I still garden, just more wisely.