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Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden…

Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older (2010)

by Sydney Eddison

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A pleasant survey of a beautiful private garden written by someone who loved it very much. This is less a teaching book than a rumination on all the decision making that went into the making and, later, the simplification of a very ambitious residential garden. Probably not for your average reader, the book was a delight for those of us who love the act of keeping a garden. ( )
  turtlesleap | Jun 2, 2015 |
I loved this book! Sydney Eddison's writing is at once transcendent and accessible. Her joy of gardening pours from every page. I wish I was her neighbor! ( )
  gypsyatheart | Dec 4, 2012 |
I spent a week reading this book - I had plenty of time to enjoy it, as my back was out. This was the perfect book for me to read during this time. I have struggled for a number of years with how to maintain my rather large garden as my capacity to work long hours has diminished. Sydney seems to be going through the same experience as me, and I suspect most gardeners eventually end up where we are: how to take care of this beautiful garden as we become a little more limited physically. She has great suggestions, some of which I have already started. For example, begin replacing perennials (they are more work than advertised!) with shrubs. Take advantage of shade (weeds don't like it either). Live in harmony with your surroundings - plant natives that are suited to low maintenance. Learn to make lists and prioritize your work. Find good help if necessary. Learn new types of gardening that are easier on the back, such as container gardening or miniature landscapes. Finally, and I think most importantly, learn to accept imperfection. It's really part of the natural cycle. Great book - I'm so happy I had a week to sit and read this! ( )
  peggybr | Aug 5, 2011 |
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In prose so resonant that you may find yourself in tears of recognition, lifelong gardener Sydney Eddison offers practical and heartfelt advice that will help you transform gardening from a daunting list of chores into a rewarding, joy-filled activity.… (more)

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