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Down to Earth with Helen Dillonby Helen Dillon
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In this book Helen Dillon encapsulates, in her inimitable witty and accessible style, her lifetime of gardening know-how, deep love of plants and assured sense of design. Here is illumination for every gardener—from the beginner wondering why nothing will grow in the garden of the new house to the sophisticate aiming at exquisitely subtle effects. Thoughtful ideas on garden style are underpinned by practical advice on looking after plants and careful instructions on the basics of digging, planting and propagating. Helen Dillon teaches us all how to garden, and garden well.
"Gardening from a pristine Dublin plot, droll green thumb Dillon offers equal measures of witticism and advice-both expert techniques and common sense tips-in this verdant, photo-rich guide, imbued with enough passion to inspire an all-consuming hobby. The perfect book for anyone contemplating a leap into the gardening lifestyle, Dillon is mercifully easy on newcomers (a full third is devoted to 'Beginners' Stuff'), the busy ('The one-hour-a-week garden') and the brown thumb ('Why did it die?'). Dillon's organic approach to plant care will play well with the environment-savvy, and she's quick to suggest simple cures for common problems such as slugs (a saucer of beer should get rid of them). With patience and humor, Dillon covers a wide range of topics, most in two- or three-page chapters, coaching readers through pruning and 'deadheading,' the 'May gap' and late summer, how to cadge plant cuttings from more experienced gardeners and informative asides like 'Dog in the garden' ('your ideal garden dog is a male dachshund') and even some social history: 'Years ago, in Ireland, high garden society only liked to spread special plants to their friends and equals.' With this informative, personal and gorgeous book, it's clear Dillon considers her readers to be both." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Helen Dillon is revered world-wide as one of the most skilled and perceptive gardeners of our time. Much sought after as an author, broadcaster and garden consultant, she lectures frequently in the United States. In 1999 she was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society in England and in 2003 the George Robert White Medal of Honor of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. In autumn 2004 she was made a Distinguished Counsellor to the Board of the New York Botanical Garden. Her garden in Dublin has been open to the public for the last twenty years.
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