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Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older Paperback – April 13, 2011
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“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.” —New York Times Book Review“Gardens change, and so do we—our time, our needs, our energy. Sydney tells us how to roll with the changes...how to garden for life without getting lost in the weeds.” —On Point, NPR
“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.” —Booklist
“Sydney Eddison believes you can weed out loads of demanding yard work as you age without reducing the enjoyment of gardening. The 78-year-old author says it’s simply a matter of gardening more wisely.” —Dean Fosdick, ABC News
“Keep up your passion for plants as you grow older with these practical tips.” —Whole Living
“Sydney Eddison is my kind of garden writer, now passing along wisdom acquired from 50 years. No B.S., no rhetoric. Trust this writer; she knows what she’s talking about.” —Garden Rant
“[Eddison] writes with wisdom and experience. Are you looking for anything more?” —Landscape Design
“Sydney Eddison has long shared with readers...her experiences maintaining her garden in Connecticut. Now she’s using those experiences to help older gardeners like herself continue to pursue their passion as they age.” —Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal
“Anyone who’s gardened for a long time will want to read Sydney Eddison’s new book.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“Practical advice and heartfelt anecdotes on how to transform gardening into a labor of love.” —Design NJ
“A very personal book with many nuggets of information.” —Providence Journal
"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."
Top Customer Reviews
When do we have enough trees, shrubs, and plants? How do we know if we have too much and what do we do about it? This book addresses in general and very specific ways to control what goes in, or stays in, our gardens, so we can continue to enjoy them without being overwhelmed.
After reading this book, a weight lifted off my shoulders, because she recommends that for certain tasks we get help, as much help as we can afford. Whew! I had felt so guilty not to be able to do it all. After all, it's my garden! The best part of it is, she talks about her various helpers over the years and their different approaches and what she has learned from each of them. I love this quote about one of her helpers, "she knew how to hit the high spots and keep us up to speed." The author is a garden perfectionist, which isn't always the best strategy for gardening.
One very simple example is how she has learned to use lists, a practical idea for me. "When you feel overwhelmed by all the things that cry out to be done in the garden, making a list can be useful.Read more ›
Sydney Eddison came to the realization that her garden had become too great a responsibility with the death of her husband. Together with a wise coach, she created a list of steps that might lighten the burden of gardening into old age. Some of the suggestions include replacing needy plants with those that are lower maintenance, making and keeping lists of chores and then prioritizing them, learning to live with imperfect results, adapting a realistic attitude towards lawn care, and learning techniques that save time and energy
The author offers many pearls of wisdom on the subject of lightening the load; I have dog-eared about 16 pages of helpful advice that I plan to incorporate into my gardening routine. These suggestions will allow me to continue to garden while maintaining my pride, my skills and above all my dignity. Some of us no longer have careers that define us. Gardening as recreation replaced that years ago and it became the new source of accomplishment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a life long gardener who now occasionally gets frustrated by not being able to do as much as in the past, this book is an ideal companion and guidebook!Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Huntington
Sydney Eddison is my Pat Conroy of gardening! Have loved each of her books that I've read and this one is no different! Lovely and well written book with excellent advice!Published 4 months ago by Jim
Any gardener facing physical challenges (whether age related or other), or anyone who cares about such a gardener, should read this book for the great insights into a gardener's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mary Beth
Excellent book! The decisions process to stay or to move on was charming and helpful.Published 6 months ago by Helen Yoest
Bought this for my dad. He's an avid gardener.
Unfortunately, he is a Vegetable gardener, and this book is more aimed at Floral gardening. Read more
A lovely memoir stye garden book complete with illustrative sketches.Published 12 months ago by Book lover