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Thoughtful Gardeningby Robin Lane Fox
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An award-winning historian of antiquity, Robin Lane Fox is also one of Britains foremost gardening experts, and in Thoughtful Gardening he takes readers on a varied and highly enjoyable journey through each season of the gardening year. From a tender eulogy for one of his landscape design mentors to a candid consideration of global warmings effects on his lupins or the perfect shrub to grow in shade along a path, Fox brings his trademark wit, wisdom, and charm to bear on the art and experience of gardening. Essential reading for anyone planting a new garden or taking stock of one after several years, this collection offers valuable critiques of horticultural trends and traditions, and essential insights into gardening practices and philosophies. Taken together these essays form—season by season—a rich reflection on the lessons, challenges, and absurdities of life with a green thumb.
"In this collection of 80 essays, the Financial Times gardening columnist and Oxford historian presents a convincing case that gardening is about far more than horticultural skill. For Fox, flower gardens are human creations informed by art, history, science, politics, and personality. He takes readers on a year-long tour that combines practical guidance, serious reflection, and humorous provocations. There are essays on individual species, rich with detailed information on exceptional cultivars and best cultivation methods, throughout the year. Other essays reveal Fox's candid, personal impressions of well-known gardeners, including some surprising insights about Christopher Lloyd and Rosemary Verey. He shares his sensitive impressions of distinguished gardens around the globe and the Sisyphean struggles in his own garden. Fox's iconoclastic beliefs and nonorganic methods might alienate some purists, but most gardeners will delight in this rich collection. Opinionated, witty, and erudite, this collection is an example of the best garden writing. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
With wit and wisdom, Oxford historian and Financial Times gardening columnist Robin Lane Fox recounts his deep passion and appreciation for gardening
In Thoughtful Gardening, award-winning historian and Financial Times gardening columnist Robin Lane Fox takes readers on a delightful journey through each season of the gardening year. From fending off vine-weevils to visiting Yves Saint Laurents private gardens in Marrakech, Fox imbues each of his musings with grace, sophistication, and charm. Essential reading for anyone planting a new garden or taking stock of one after several years, Thoughtful Gardening offers expert advice and a touching reminder of the power of art and literature to deepen what we see and experience in nature.
Combining a vast understanding of horticulture with witty and stylish storytelling, these vignettes form—season by season—a rich reflection on the lessons, challenges, and joys of life with a green thumb.
About the Author
Robin Lane Fox’s gardening column in the Financial Times is the longest running in print today. The author of Better Gardening and Variations on a Garden, he currently oversees the grounds at New College, Oxford, where he is University Reader in Ancient History. He lives in Oxford, England.
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