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In conversation with William Baldwin. Emily Whaley's garden on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina, may be the most visited private garden in the country. And no wonder. It is the life's work of a vibrant, sociable, opinionated, determined, forceful woman who has spent the last eighty-five years cultivating whatever life offered her. MRS. WHALEY AND HER CHARLESTON GARDEN captures and preserves Emily Whaley's distinctive voice and braces us with a clear understanding of how one might cultivate a practical personal philosophy alongside one's garden. "An ageless and captivating visit." --Publishers Weekly; "South Carolina gardener grows into phenom." --USA Today, cover story; "Emily Whaley is wonderful, both in and out of her garden."--Rosemary Verey, author of THE AMERICAN WOMAN'S GARDEN. As seen on CBS Sunday Morning. Now in its 6th printing.

Synopsis:

Mrs. Whaley's tiny, walled garden is said to be the most visited private garden in America. And no wonder. It is the life's work of a forceful, vibrant, sociable, opinionated, determined woman who has spent the last eighty-five years cultivating whatever life offered. Now, in conversations with award-winning lowcountry novelist William Baldwin, Mrs. Whaley takes us on a tour of her garden - and of her life. Each year since 1940, Mrs. Whaley has made her garden new again and herself through it. She yanks out annuals and perennials alike. She prunes with a vengeance. ("I never walk into my garden without my clippers in hand".) She is careful not to overdo. ("Remember! There's such a thing as too many dancing girls!") As an ever-evolving work of art, the garden reflects Mrs. Whaley's hard-headed determination to make the most of her own remarkable existence. William Baldwin captures and preserves in these pages an intuitive gardener's wisdom. And thanks to this gardener's bracing, positive attitude, we see how a practical personal philosophy might indeed grow out of one's beloved garden.

Synopsis:

Emily Whaley's garden in Charleston, South Carolina, may be the most visited private garden in the country. It is the life's work of a vibrant, sociable, opinionated, determined, forceful woman who has spent the last 85 years cultivating whatever life offered her. Thanks to Baldwin's unfailing ear, Whaley's distinctive voice offers readers a clear understanding of how one might cultivate a practical personal philosophy alongside one's garden. Illustrations.

About the Author

Emily Whaley was born in 1911 in Pinopolis, South Carolina. The mother of three daughters and grandmother of seven, she divided her time between her houses (and their kitchens) in Charleston, South Carolina, and Flat Rock, North Carolina. She died in June 1998.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565121157
Editor:
Baldwin, William
Author:
Baldwin, William
Author:
Whaley, Emily
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Regional
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Gardeners
Subject:
Gardening -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
Subject:
Regional - General
Subject:
GARDENING / Essays
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
Subject:
Whaley, Emily
Subject:
Gardeners - South Carolina - Charleston -
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
GARDENING / Essays & Narratives
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
104-331
Publication Date:
19970103
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
7.29x5.34x1.12 in. .77 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Mrs. Whaley's tiny, walled garden is said to be the most visited private garden in America. And no wonder. It is the life's work of a forceful, vibrant, sociable, opinionated, determined woman who has spent the last eighty-five years cultivating whatever life offered. Now, in conversations with award-winning lowcountry novelist William Baldwin, Mrs. Whaley takes us on a tour of her garden - and of her life. Each year since 1940, Mrs. Whaley has made her garden new again and herself through it. She yanks out annuals and perennials alike. She prunes with a vengeance. ("I never walk into my garden without my clippers in hand".) She is careful not to overdo. ("Remember! There's such a thing as too many dancing girls!") As an ever-evolving work of art, the garden reflects Mrs. Whaley's hard-headed determination to make the most of her own remarkable existence. William Baldwin captures and preserves in these pages an intuitive gardener's wisdom. And thanks to this gardener's bracing, positive attitude, we see how a practical personal philosophy might indeed grow out of one's beloved garden.
"Synopsis" by , Emily Whaley's garden in Charleston, South Carolina, may be the most visited private garden in the country. It is the life's work of a vibrant, sociable, opinionated, determined, forceful woman who has spent the last 85 years cultivating whatever life offered her. Thanks to Baldwin's unfailing ear, Whaley's distinctive voice offers readers a clear understanding of how one might cultivate a practical personal philosophy alongside one's garden. Illustrations.
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