Barbara Ashmun's life as a gardener follows the stages of romance. At first she's obsessed, dreaming of plants day and night. Like a woman in love, she's possessed, until weeds and slugs make her question the whole affair. Yet even a brief absence makes her realize that she can't live without her hands in the dirt. In the end, she surrenders to her garden, even with all its faults. These essays are sure to lure you into the backyard where your heart, too, will be filled with joy.
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A celebrated garden writer and acclaimed garden designer, Barbara Blossom Ashmun is the author of six books, including Garden Retreats: Creating an Outdoor Sanctuary (Chronicle Books, 2000). She writes a weekly garden column for the Portland Tribune, and has written for many garden magazines, including Fine Gardening and Better Homes & Gardens. Ashmun lectures for garden shows, garden clubs, botanic gardens, libraries, and garden societies such as Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and Oregon State University Master Gardeners. She has appeared on AM Northwest, on Mike Darcy s and Anne Jaeger s TV shows, and has been interviewed on many radio shows and for many newspapers. Hometown: New York (Bronx)Review:
Whether she s working soil hard as a rock and gray as pewter, or observing a cattail bursting its seam like an old sofa, Barbara Blossom Ashmun takes enormous pleasure in her romance with the garden. --Ketzel Levine, National Public Radio
Barbara Blossom Ashmun s thoughts on gardening prove that she is indeed married to her garden. In this insightful collection, she evokes the pleasures and rewards of tending to her true love. Reading this book will make you want to run out and dig in your own garden. --Elizabeth Conklin, publisher, Fine Gardening
Barbara owns up to many quirky habits that less honest gardeners may be too embarrassed to admit. I laughed out loud at some of her escapades, well remembering similar outings of my own. But beneath the amusing anecdotes, plenty of sound horticultural knowledge surfaces, as well as the sheer joy of the process. The author is a born teacher; in her down-to- earth way she passes along the hiccups and drawbacks inherent in creating gardens with as much directness as she delights in success with a new plant. A perfect gift for a would-be gardener! --Ruth Rogers Clausen, Country Living Gardener
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Book Description William, James & Co., 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111590281934
Book Description William, James & Co., 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Kate Synoground (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1590281934
Book Description William, James & Co., 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 128 pages. 8.30x5.40x0.20 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1590281934