A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season

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The garden editor and writer for Martha Stewart Living presents a richly illustrated gardening book that offers practical advice as well as an exploration of the underlying connections between the yearly cycles of gardening and the stages of life.

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Margaret Roach, garden editor for Martha Stewart Living magazine, has produced a particularly appealing addition to the philosophical genre of gardening books. Roach takes a holistic view of the garden: "Neither my garden books nor my garden is the stuff that art is made of, a fact for which I am only partly apologetic. My garden is where I can be myself--perhaps the only place besides the pay-by-the-hour couch that invites me to be so, in fact."

The book's basic conceit--that a year in the garden parallels the six seasons of life: conception, birth, youth, adulthood, senescence, and death/afterlife--makes for interesting reading, and the practical aspect is aided by a good index at the end. Fortunately, the text, while personal and charming, doesn't descend too far into leafy navel-gazing; Roach can be quite hard-headed and instructive on the matter of caning raspberries, making a garden pond, dividing irises, growing your own salad greens. Gardeners who have plenty of room and a bit of puttering time themselves will delight in Roach's relaxed approach. --Barrie Trinkle

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