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Beautiful at All Seasons: Southern Gardening and Beyond with Elizabeth Lawrence

Lawrence, Elizabeth; Armstrong, Ann L. [Editor]; Wilson, Lindie [Editor];

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ISBN 10: 0822338874 / ISBN 13: 9780822338871
Published by Duke University Press Books, 2007
Condition: Collectible: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Beautiful at All Seasons: Southern Gardening...

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Very Good

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Elizabeth Lawrence (1904–85) is recognized as one of America’s most important gardeners and garden writers. In 1957, Lawrence began a weekly column for the Charlotte Observer, blending gardening lore and horticultural expertise gained from her own gardens in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina, and from her many gardener friends. This book presents 132 of her beloved columns. Never before published in book form, they were chosen from the more than 700 pieces that she wrote for the Observer over fourteen years.

Lawrence exchanged plants and gardening tips with everyone from southern “farm ladies” trading bulbs in garden bulletins to prominent regional gardeners. She corresponded with nursery owners, everyday backyard gardeners, and literary luminaries such as Katharine White and Eudora Welty. Her books, including A Southern Garden, The Little Bulbs, and Gardens in Winter, inspired several generations of gardeners in the South and beyond.

The columns in this volume cover specific plants, such as sweet peas, hellebores, peonies, and the bamboo growing outside her living-room window, as well as broader topics including the usefulness of vines, the importance of daily pruning, and organic gardening. Like all of Lawrence’s writing, these columns are peppered with references to conversations with neighbors and quotations from poetry, mythology, and correspondence. They brim with knowledge gained from a lifetime of experimenting in her gardens, from her visits to other gardens, and from her extensive reading.

Lawrence once wrote, “Dirty fingernails are not the only requirement for growing plants. One must be as willing to study as to dig, for a knowledge of plants is acquired as much from books as from experience.” As inspiring today as when they first appeared in the Charlotte Observer, the columns collected in Beautiful at All Seasons showcase not only Lawrence’s vast knowledge but also her intimate, conversational writing style and her lifelong celebration of gardens and gardening.

From the Publisher:

"All gardeners will welcome this splendidly edited collection of essays by Elizabeth Lawrence. They will delight in her elegant prose and subtle humor and will marvel at her breadth of knowledge of plants and literature. I could hardly put it down."--Nancy Goodwin, author of Montrose: Life in a Garden

"A new book of garden essays by the incomparable Elizabeth Lawrence is a cause for celebration. A page a day will keep the garden--and you--happy."--Emily Herring Wilson, author of No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence

"Southern gardeners and beyond will welcome the availability of a new trove of Elizabeth Lawrence's renowned Charlotte Observer columns. Her writing style is personal and conversational and literary in approach, engaging and warm."--Bobby J. Ward, coeditor of A Garden of One's Own: Writings of Elizabeth Lawrence

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