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The Self Taught Gardener: Lessons From A Country Garden

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Most introductions to gardening bog down the eager beginner with bewildering theory that has little to do with the pleasures of seeing a flower bloom. The Self-Taught Gardener reveals its differences from the first page. It covers all the essential practicalities, but in an innovative format that reflects the way a gardener gradually builds skills and ambitions. Sydney ...more
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Published March 1st 1997 by Viking
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Karen Floyd
Jul 11, 2016 Karen Floyd rated it really liked it
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Beacause I enjoyed Eddison's "Gardening for Life" I was happy to find this a used bookstore in Northhampton, Massachusetts while visiting my younger son. (We had a wonderful day exploring used bookstores. Is there any better way to spend a vacation?) Eddison shares her gardening experience and hard won expertise with us, her successes and failures. She wants to prevent us from making the mistakes she did. Unfortunately I had already made some of them before I read her book! Eddison's voice is ...more
Claire
May 17, 2009 Claire rated it really liked it
Lovely book. Just a long conversation about gardening, thoughtfully illustrated in pencil and occasional watercolor.

On a personal note, I could read books like this and The Edge of the Sea all day. I only wish that meant I could also remember what was in them. Still, this is one to return to.
William
Dec 10, 2010 William rated it it was amazing
Packed with practical advice on a wide range of topics.

The author encourages the reader to learn from the author's mistakes, but also encourages the reader to experiment and learn from the reader's own mistakes.

I read the library copy, but this is a book well worth buying and reading many times.

As I read the book, I felt that the author was a kindred spirit.

If I were going to have a gardening buddy, the author would be on my short list.
David Ward
Jan 21, 2016 David Ward rated it liked it
The Self Taught Gardener: Lessons From A Country Garden by Sydney Eddison (Viking 1997)(635.9). This book is a great overview of the planting season and the required tasks from start to finish. My rating: 6.5/10, finished 4/19/12.
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May 16, 2011 Dena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Good book for helping set up a perennial garden. Very practical but labor intensive.
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Sydney Eddison has written seven books on gardening. She has been honored by National Garden Clubs Inc. with their Award of Excellence for 2010. For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, she has also received the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s Gustav A. L. Melquist Award in 2002; the New England Wild Flower Society’s Kathryn S. Taylor Award in 2005; and in 2006, The Federated Garden ...more
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