Time and the Gardener

Time and the Gardener

Writings on A Lifelong Passion

Book - 2003
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A new collection of essays by one of America"s premier garden writers From her vantage point as an octogenarian gardener, Elisabeth Sheldon knows that one of the most important elements in the making of a garden is the passage of time. This is true in the making of a gardener as well; no great gardener is young. Now, in Time and the Gardener, Sheldon brings this perspective to bear on the process of gardening, in discussions of her favorite plants, and in a handful of portraits of some gardeners of yore. Sheldon"s long life in gardening has yielded a plethora of lessons-for instance, novice gardeners should not take gardening books too seriously, gardeners should never berate themselves over plants that die, and gardening in deep woods can be remarkably satisfying. Sheldon is a plantswoman par excellence, and in Time and the Gardener she writes delightfully about many of her favorite plants-columbines, lysimachias, clematis, and astilbes. Even gardeners in other times have inspired Sheldon, and in this book she gives us colorful portraits of Jane Loudon, Gertrude Jekyll, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and others. Marvelously written yet intensely opinionated, witty, and wise, Time and the Gardener is vintage Sheldon and will appeal to her legions of fans. Praise for Elisabeth Sheldon: "Elisabeth Sheldon is one of the few writers whose work I clip and file. Some garden writers inform, some inspire; she does both." -Pamela J. Harper, author of Designing with Perennials "Elisabeth Sheldon is one of America"s great garden inspirations." -Holly Shimizu, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Elisabeth Sheldon studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. She is the author of two books, The Flamboyant Garden and The Proper Garden, which won two awards from the Garden Writers of America Association. Her writings have appeared in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, and other magazines. She lives and gardens in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. "Passionate articulate gardeners make the best teachers, and Elisabeth Sheldon's many years on her hands and knees in the garden have given her a perspective on gardening and plants that is both inspiring and instructive. Wisdom is a commodity in short supply these days and Sheldon has it along with courage and a sense of humor." -Lynden B. Miller, public garden designer "Elisabeth Sheldon's collection of essays in Time and the Gardener are no-nonsense, honestly frank, yet warmly passionate in this retrospective look at her decades-long love affair with flowers and gardening." -Bobby J. Ward, author of A Contemplation Upon Plants "Elisabeth Sheldon is an extraordinary gardener, writer, and designer. This book reveals her humor, honesty, and intense curiosity about plants, gardens, and some of the people who share her passion. Reading her collection of essays is the next best thing to having a leisurely tour through her garden with time for reflections on her life and the garden"s place in it. Time and the Gardener is a beautifully written treasure." -Nancy Goodwin, co-author of A Year in Our Gardens "Elisabeth Sheldon offers everything one could want in a garden writer. Her fine prose achieves poignant lyricism on one page, and mordant humor on the next. Her scholar¹s mind presents information with lucidity, but every fact and opinion is tested against her own vast experience. She never scolds or intimidates - or worse - talks down to her readers. That is the loveliest compliment. For who, really, can match her in experience, or in her passion for gardening? Readers of her previous books should be very glad for this one, which she is publishing at the age of 85, and which is as good as it gets." -Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd, authors of A Year at North Hi
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2003], ©2003
ISBN: 9780807085561
Branch Call Number: 635.9 Sh
Description: viii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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