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We Made a Garden (Gardening)by Margery Fish
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First published in Britain in 1956 and never before available in America, We Made a Garden is the classic story of a unique and enduring English country garden. One of Britains most esteemed gardening writers recounts how she and her husband set about creating an exemplary cottage garden from unpromising beginnings on the site of the former farmyard and rubbish heap that surround their newly purchased home in the countryside of Somerset, England. Each imbued with a strong set of horticultural opinions and passions, Mr. and Mrs. Fish negotiate the terrain of their garden, by turns separately and together, often with humorous collisions. From the secret to cultivating the smoothest lawn to the art of lifting and replanting tulip bulbs to the landscaping possibilities of evergreens, the diverse elements of successful gardening—and delightful writing—are bound together by Mr. and Mrs. Fishs aspiration to cultivate that most precious and slow-growing quality—the fundamental character of a good garden.
We Made a Garden is the account of how Margery Fish and her husband took on the daunting challenge of creating an inviting cottage garden out of the farmyard and rubbish heap — including pots and pans, stoves and ancient corsets — that surrounded their newly bought house in the country. Each with their own horticultural opinions and passions, they negotiated the territory of their garden, by turns separately and together, with often humorous collision. From cultivation of the smoothest lawn to clothing the garden's stone walls with clematis to the importance of evergreens, all along the way the story is tied together with Fish and her husband's aspiration to cultivate one of the most difficult things: the character of their garden.<P>First published in Britain in 1956, and never before available in an American edition, this book will appeal to the general reader and amateur gardener alike, because it is, at its most fundamental level, the engaging story of a garden and a marriage.
About the Author
Margery Fish was one of Britains leading gardeners. Named a classic gardening writer by the Royal Horticultural Society, she published six other gardening books and was a regular contributor to the British periodicals Amateur Gardening and The Field. Many thousands of visitors come each year to East Lambrook Manor, her Somerset garden.
Michael Pollan is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Botany of Desire and Second Nature, named one of the best gardening books of the twentieth century by the American Horticultural Society. He is a contributing editor to Harpers magazine and a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. Pollan chose the books for the Modern Library Gardening series because, as he writes, “these writers are some of the great talkers in the rich, provocative, and frequently uproarious conversation that, metaphorically at least, has been taking place over the back fence of our gardens at least since the time of Pliny.”
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