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A New Leaf: Growing with My Garden

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A graceful and sharply observed book of inspiration that uses the garden as its central muse

A New Leaf traces a year of growing seasons at The Leaf, Merilyn Simonds' acreage in eastern Ontario. A lifelong gardener, Simonds works the soil and the soul for wide-ranging revelations about everything from flowers that keep time, to the strange gift of compost, to great gardens
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Doubleday Canada (first published 2011)
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an absolute joy of a book!

Merilyn Simonds started this as a blog - I'll just confess right now that I find Merilyn and her husband, Wayne Grady, to be some of the most prolific and enjoyable writers in Canada. They're such a lovely pair and their success is due to creative ideas, an insatiable curiosity and a work ethic that puts most writers to shame. To know that Merilyn and Grady do as much as they do as writers while still managing 26 (!) beds, well, I've got to get out of bed earlier.
Doriana Bisegna
I am no gardener but every spring I try to design my flower baskets and become "une artiste" with my flower and perennial garden. It is a short lived ambition because it all gets done in a day or two for the season. I've always been in awe of gardeners-those that eat what they sow and those that plant these magnificent flower gardens. Ms. Simonds, sounds to be part of that breed of gardener. Her writing is exquisite and her love for all things green is infectious! With spring around the corner, ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Simonds follows the seasons in her garden, talking about the large variety of plants, her relationships with them, the history of her garden, and her family and friends.
The writing is a mix personal experience and gardening advice. I found it very interesting, with good advice regarding gardening, but I was a bit put off by her invented titles for all the people in her life. From her spouse, Beloved, to good neighbors Garden Guru, Rosarian, Humanist, and Farmer, nobody is identified by their
Maureen Bush
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read for gardeners. I particularly liked the order of the essays, traveling through a gardening year from early spring through to the new gardening year. I plan to read it again next January, when I miss my own garden the most.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this book, felt i was in right beside her gardening through the seasons... ive bought 2 more copies of this book and given it to friends
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful stories of the fun and frustrations of gardening.
Elsie K.  Neufeld
as I told Merilyn, I want to lick the words off the pages!
I love her books, especially the two on gardening, of which this is one.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I read it every winter to get me through the non gardening months!
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Merilyn Simonds is the author of 18 books, including the novel The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and the Canadian classic nonfiction novel, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General's Award. In 2017, Project Bookmark Canada unveiled a plaque to honour the place of The Convict Lover in Canada’s literary landscape.

Simonds’ short fiction is anthologized