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Since the early 1990s Leila Hadley has tended to her paradise-like garden at her house on Fishers Island, on Long Island Sound. Here she shares her wealth of experience in seaside gardening and offers a very informative and entertaining how-to book. Written with a conversational tone and accompanied by gorgeous, lavish color photographs, this book serves as a comprehensive and practical guide for beginner and advanced gardeners alike.
Starting from the ground up, Leila Hadley built an all-organic garden and bird sanctuary that defies the most difficult gardening conditions. She sprinkles her trials and triumphs throughout the text, which includes maps and charts on annuals, perennials, indoor and outdoor planting, tips on how to keep a coastal garden thriving even in long winter months, as well as substantial information on gardening in other regions and climactic conditions.
The ultimate book for creating and cultivating a garden and deriving joy and satisfaction in the process, A Garden by the Sea is destined to become a gardening classic.
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Leila Hadley was born in New York in 1925. An inveterate traveler, she has written numerous books on the subject, including the acclaimed Journey with Elsa Cloud and the award-winning Give Me the World.From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. "All my life, I've known gardens, grown gardens," writes Hadley at the start of this captivating chronicle and guide. The author of the travel memoirs Give Me the World and A Journey with Elsa Cloud grew up believing that cultivating plants and flowers was an indispensable part of any good life (her grandmother was a friend of the great British garden designer Gertrude Jekyll). Hadley was steeped in the notion that truly beautiful gardens were composed with restraint and harmony. Size and extravagance was never the point. She has cultivated gardens all over the world, from South Africa to California, but one of her favorites remains a "jungle of blue morning glories in terracotta pots" on a Manhattan balcony "no larger than a bath mat." In 1990, her husband, the philanthropist Henry Luce III, presented her with a cliff-top house and five acres of beach-front property on Fisher's Island, off the shore of Connecticut, and Hadley learned to expand her sense of what it means to be harmonious and restrained in the dramatic conditions of the sea. Combining a wealth of practical information with the eye and the verve of a born explorer, observer and artist, following the seasons and the passing years, Hadley details how to create a garden that is organic on every level—matching and enhancing the environment and all its inhabitants. "The way Hank works a room at cocktail parties, chatting with everyone he knows, exchanging remembrances, catching up on what's going on at the moment, is the way I walk about the garden in the early morning in June." In this gorgeously written and photographed book, Hadley reveals what it is about gardening that is exquisitely temporal and timeless, down to earth and divine. This book will make everyone want to pick up a trowel. 200 color photos. (Mar.)
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