Synopses & Reviews
Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved -- pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots -- become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what's the alternative?
In Gardening for a Lifetime, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help -- another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. Or maybe it makes sense to get rid of high-maintenance trees, shrubs, or perennials.
This edition features a new chapter in which Sydney's struggles with hip and back problems
force her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, "Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I'm happy to
see that you've read it." Gentle, personable, and practical, Gardening for a Lifetime will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the rewarding, joy-filled activity it was meant to be.
About the Author
Sydney Eddison has written six other books on gardening. She has been honored by National Garden Clubs Inc. with their Award of Excellence for 2010. For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, she has also received the Connecticut Horticultural Society's Gustav A. L. Melquist Award in 2002; the New England Wild Flower Society's Kathryn S. Taylor Award in 2005; and in 2006, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut's Bronze Medal. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and is a frequent contributor to Fine Gardening
magazine and other publications.
Table of Contents
A look backward : tracing the garden's history -- Changes : rethinking the perennial borders -- A step toward simplicity : substituting shrubs for perennials -- Minimum care : appreciating the shady border -- Woodland gardens : living in harmony with the forest -- Sanity save : learning to make lists -- Juggler's dilemma : searching for help -- Lessons from the garden : accepting imperfection -- From lawn to meadow : learning from experience -- Pick your battles : managing mature plants -- What next? : deciding whether to stay put or move on -- New gardens : keeping them small and simple -- Borrowed landscapes : using the garden setting -- Container gardening : arranging potted plants with a purpose -- Miniature landscapes : exploring new ways to garden -- A summing up : making the most of what you have left.