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Gardening at Ginger: My Seven-Year Obsession with Designing and Planting a Personal Landscape

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Seven years ago, James Raimes and his wife bought a country home on nine acres in upstate New York. In the tradition of their family, who once owned a cottage named Fred, this larger property became "Ginger." Inspired by the natural beauty of the land and a desire to learn how to be a gardener, Raimes found himself obsessed with such questions as why gardeners keep moving plants around, what the names of the lawn grasses are, and how one can impose order in a garden and at the same time make it look natural. What, in fact, defines a garden?

Gardening at Ginger is full of successes and failures, aches and pains, frustrations and delights. But more than that, it's the story of a great discovery: as we try to shape a landscape to reflect who we are, we find that who we are has been reshaped in the process.

Synopsis:

Inspired by the natural beauty of the land and a desire to learn how to be a gardener, Raimes found himself obsessed with such questions as why gardeners keep moving plants around, and, what, in fact, defines a garden?

About the Author

JAMES RAIMES was the assistant director of Columbia University Press. He lives with his wife, an author, in Brooklyn and Chatham, New York. Before undertaking gardening at Ginger, he spent most of his city lunch hours enjoying the Ramble and other landscapes in Central Park.

Table of Contents

Introductions 1 Ginger 3 2 Digging into the Past 11

Activity 3 Moving Plants 25 4 Digging in Clay 37 5 Making Lists 44 6 Smelling the Roses 56

Projects 7 Walking in the Woods 65 8 Learning the Lawn 75 9 Flowers of Grass 86 10 A Garden Can Just Happen 96

Creatures 11 Keeping Them Out 109 12 Indoors and Outdoors 117 13 Outside the Windows 129

Design 14 Dreaming in Color 139 15 Green 146 16 Masculine Flowers 156 17 A Little Bright Red Is Enough 159 18 Thin Straight Lines 163 19 Sitting and Siting 168 20 The Long View 174 21 Open and Closed 180

Rewards 22 Why Do It? 191 23 Where to Find Inspiration 200 24 Rogers Wood 209

Life After Death 25 Weeping Willow 221 26 Elm 226

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618659715
Subtitle:
My Seven-Year Obsession with Designing and Planting a Personal Landscape
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Raimes, James
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Regional - Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Subject:
General Gardening
Subject:
Gardening - New York (State)
Subject:
Gardens -- New York (State)
Subject:
Gardening-Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.63 in 0.82 lb

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