- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st edition (January 27, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517707330
- ISBN-13: 978-0517707333
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season Hardcover – January 27, 1998
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Margaret Roach, garden editor for Martha Stewart Living magazine, has produced a particularly appealing addition to the philosophical genre of gardening books. Roach takes a holistic view of the garden: "Neither my garden books nor my garden is the stuff that art is made of, a fact for which I am only partly apologetic. My garden is where I can be myself--perhaps the only place besides the pay-by-the-hour couch that invites me to be so, in fact."
The book's basic conceit--that a year in the garden parallels the six seasons of life: conception, birth, youth, adulthood, senescence, and death/afterlife--makes for interesting reading, and the practical aspect is aided by a good index at the end. Fortunately, the text, while personal and charming, doesn't descend too far into leafy navel-gazing; Roach can be quite hard-headed and instructive on the matter of caning raspberries, making a garden pond, dividing irises, growing your own salad greens. Gardeners who have plenty of room and a bit of puttering time themselves will delight in Roach's relaxed approach. --Barrie Trinkle
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Margaret is such a joy and her love of plants inspires me as a new gardener.