Thoughtful gardening

by Lane Fox, Robin, 1946-

Format: Print Book 2010
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In Thoughtful Gardening , award-winning historian and Financial Times gardening columnist Robin Lane Fox takes readers on a delightful journey through each season of the gardening year. From fending off vine-weevils to visiting Yves Saint Laurent's private gardens in Marrakech, Fox imbues each of his musings with grace, sophistication, and charm. Essential reading for anyone planting a new garden or taking stock of one after several years, Thoughtful Gardening offers expert advice and a touching reminder of the power of art and literature to deepen what we see and experience in nature.

Combining a vast understanding of horticulture with witty and stylish storytelling, these vignettes form--season by season--a rich reflection on the lessons, challenges, and joys of life with a green thumb.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Devoted gardeners love reading about gardening almost sometimes more than the actual act itself. There is something reassuring and inspiring about glimpsing into the lives, recognizing the habits, and contemplating the opinions of the giants of the garden that validates every quirk, foible, and attitude one has amassed oneself. As the venerated gardening columnist for Britain's Financial Times, acclaimed author, and Garden Master at Oxford University, the acerbic, intuitive, and erudite Fox trots out his own well-honed appreciation for specific cultivars, shares his frustrations with stealthy squirrels and belligerent badgers, and dishes on horticultural divas from Nancy Lancaster to Christopher Lloyd in a seasonal collection of expressive essays in which he travels the world, from his own cozy Cotswold garden to Yves Saint Laurent's opulent Marrakech retreat. Though American readers may be impeded by the preponderance of UK-centric references to both plants and locations, these should not overshadow the immense wealth of practical gardening information and insight Fox imparts.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this collection of 80 essays, the Financial Times gardening columnist and Oxford historian presents a convincing case that gardening is about far more than horticultural skill. For Fox, flower gardens are human creations informed by art, history, science, politics, and personality. He takes readers on a year-long tour that combines practical guidance, serious reflection, and humorous provocations. There are essays on individual species, rich with detailed information on exceptional cultivars and best cultivation methods, throughout the year. Other essays reveal Fox's candid, personal impressions of well-known gardeners, including some surprising insights about Christopher Lloyd and Rosemary Verey. He shares his sensitive impressions of distinguished gardens around the globe and the Sisyphean struggles in his own garden. Fox's iconoclastic beliefs and nonorganic methods might alienate some purists, but most gardeners will delight in this rich collection. Opinionated, witty, and erudite, this collection is an example of the best garden writing. (Dec.) Two very different looks-one historical, the other personal-at a storied New York City neighborhood. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Gardening -- Anecdotes.
Publisher New York :Basic Books,2010
Language English
Description xxii, 345 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-325) and index.
ISBN 9780465021963 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0465021964 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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