- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: New Year Publishing; First edition (March 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935547011
- ISBN-13: 978-1935547013
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,459,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jill Appenzeller is a passionate gardener, speaker and landscape designer. She is a member of numerous garden-mad organizations, including the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Royal Horticultural Society. She is a member and past President of the Diablo Women's Garden Club, the oldest garden club in California, and is currently their Horticulture chair. Jill lives and gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area. Postcards from the Hedge: Seasons in a Suburban Garden is her first book. To learn more about Jill, please visit jillappenzeller.com or follow her blog at postcardsfromthehedge.com.
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I must first disclose that I am not a seasoned gardener! I have a garden, and it is a bit “rough around the edges” to tell the honest truth. I must also say that the bulk of the work (like 95%) that goes into my amateur garden is done by my hard-working spouse who is happiest when he is outside.
The author is obviously a very keen gardener, and she seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of many species of grasses, trees and flowers. Many Latin species names are sprinkled throughout. If you are a gardener, then these names are probably fairly familiar. However, for the novice like me, the names went over my head.
However, it’s not really the point of the whole book. Really, the author talks about many different life experiences, and they just happen to be framed by the lens of the garden. It’s really a book of reflections, observations and humorous anecdotes about the author’s life at home. The experiences are universal and are ones to which all of us can relate.
One of my favorite stories is one in which the author meets the 4-year old boy who has just moved in across the road. He goes running scared from a few honeybees in the yard. The author instead uses the experience to teach the boy about the function of bees, how they help her garden, and why we need them around. It’s a sweet story, and one of those things that happens in life which you can’t plan for, but which bring immeasurable amounts of joy.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a light, enjoyable read, perfect for reading on the beach. It was a perfect companion to a lazy summer’s day. The themes that Appenzeller addresses are universal, no matter what your station in life, or whether you have a garden or not. She talks about the satisfaction that comes from hard work (the beautiful flowers in her garden!), and how hard it is to just stop and enjoy a day’s work (the proverbial idea that one should stop to smell the roses!).
I received an e-copy of this book to read, and I read it on a very early model Kindle, so I didn’t have any illustrations or photographs. I think the book would be really nicely complemented by some visuals.
When I received Postcards From the Hedge: Seasons in a Suburban Garden in the mail I was just finishing up another book. It took me a couple days to finish that and then I picked up this one. The book is hard cover and the photo on the front is just gorgeous. I opened to the first chapter and began to read - immediately I was transported. Jill Appenzeller sure has a way with words. In the first few paragraphs she talks about being too young for school and having alone time with her mother - it makes me think of my daughters and the time I will have with the youngest when the oldest is in school (which is sooner than I wish to admit). I knew right then that I would enjoy and relate to this book.
It is a "collection of vignettes that span all four seasons as well as decades of memories both in and out of the garden." Last spring I started gardening so I could relate with most things in this story - and can look forward to others. I do not want to give much away but I will say my favorite chapter was "Mother's Day". I have many un-level areas in the yard and am dreading leveling them in order to complete some projects I have taken on. This vignette is about leveling area for a bench and it just hit close to home - I am now looking forward to having the time to do some leveling with my husband and kids.