Synopses & Reviews
A richly photographed full-color wish book, The Potting Shed
from Smith and Hawken celebrates the room that is as much a workshop for the gardener as the kitchen is for the cook. Practical and romantic, idea-filled and beautiful, it is imbued with the Smith and Hawken sensibility: quality, authenticity, and a return to the old ways. There are chapters on the history of the potting shed. The gardener's tools, and how to store and care for them. And seasonal joys and labors, including spring--with tips on germinating seeds, using cloches, transplanting seedlings; summer--the time for picking flowers for potpourri; fall--how to dry herbs, plant spring-blooming bulbs, and gather seeds for next year; and winter--when it's time to relax in front of the woodstove and pore over catalogs. Whether the "potting shed" is a cleared-off space on a kitchen counter, a corner in the garage, an old table and wash basin against the side of the house--or an actual shed--The Potting Shed
is every gardener's dream of where the garden begins. Photographs by Hugh Palmer.
48,000 copies in print.
In the Potting Shed, our hearts, the pleasures of home, and the glories of the garden merge. Its practical character eases our garden labors. Its romantic nature enriches our lives. Here is peace, and beauty, and a sense of purpose.
A celebration, a wish-book, and a practical guide through the yearís seasonal joys and labors, The Potting Shed richly portrays the romance of the gardenerís workshop. Open the book. Step into the potting shed. The air is warm and smells of earth. Terra-cotta pots tower in the corner like soup bowls on a kitchen shelf, hand tools hang in rows, bins of soil and peat moss beckon. And there are the seedsóin packets, in jars, in plain envelopes. The sprouting of seeds is the first job of the potting shed, but it is the place where gardeners grow, too.
About the Author
Hugh Palmer is an acclaimed garden and landscape photographer who lives in a small village in Oxfordshire, England. His work has appeared in over a dozen books, including Private Gardens of England, The Villages of Provence, Water Gardens, and Beautiful Backyards.Linda Joan Smith, a contributing editor for Home Garden and Country Garden magazines, is the author of numerous articles on American gardens and gardeners. She has gardened from Arizona to Massachusetts, and Iowa to Pacific Grove, Calfornia.
Table of Contents
WHERE THE GARDEN BEGINS
The Potting Shed
The Pleasures of the Potting Shed
The Traditions of the Potting Shed
The Tools of the Potting Shed
SEASONAL JOYS AND TIMELY LABORS
Spring's Tender Rites
Summer's Sweet Pursuits
Fall's Bittersweet Gatherings
Winter's Hope and Glory