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The Essential Earthman : Henry Mitchell on Gardening - Henry Mitchell

The Essential Earthman

Henry Mitchell on Gardening

Paperback Published: 24th January 2003
ISBN: 9780253215857
Number Of Pages: 244

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"The most soul-satisfying gardening book in years." -- New York Times (March 1982, reviewing the 1981 cloth edition from IU Press).

"Genuinely a classic..." -- Los Angeles Times (on the occasion of Houghton Mifflin's paperback edition, which came out in 1994).

"Is there anyone alive with the slightest interest in gardening who doesn't know that Henry Mitchell is one of the funniest and most truthful garden columnists we've got?" -- Allen Lacy

"Mitchell is a joy to read. He has tried and failed, persevered and triumphed, and he has many sound recommendations for us fumblers and failures." -- Celestine Sibley, in the Atlanta Constitution.

"Henry Mitchell is one of America's most entertaining and enlightening garden writers.... 'Garden writer' fails, in truth, to describe this man. He gardens and he writes -- the former, if we take him at his word, with lust and loathing, foolhardiness and finesse; the latter with gentle irony and consummate skill." -- Pacific Horticulture

"Mitchell mixes practical advice, encouragement, philosophic consolation and wit. He is the neighbor you wish you could talk to over the back fence." -- House and Garden

Henry Mitchell was to gardening what Izaak Walton was to fishing. The Essential Earthman is a collection of the best of his long-running column for the Washington Post. Although he offered invaluable tips for novice as well as seasoned gardeners, at the heart of his essays were piquant observations: on keeping records; the role of trees in gardens (they don't belong there); how a gardener should weather the winter; on shrubs, bulbs, and fragrant flowers -- and about observation itself. Here's one example: Marigolds gain enormously in impact when used as sparingly as ultimatums. Henry Mitchell came to his subject with reverence, passion, humor, and a contagious enthusiasm tempered only by his sober knowledge of human frailty. The Essential Earthman is for all who love gardening -- even those who only dream of doing it.

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. . . an idiosyncratic, down-to-earth journal of the travails and rewards of gardening for one's own pleasure, not for status or competition. It's funny and real; a classic for the gardener's library.--Austin American Statesman

Prefacep. ix
On the Defiance of Gardenersp. 1
Earthman vs. the Seasons--Winterp. 4
Earthman vs. the Seasons--Springp. 9
Interludep. 17
Earthman vs. the Seasons--Summerp. 26
Earthman vs. the Seasons--Autumnp. 33
The Vine Listp. 42
Bad Trees and Good Treesp. 53
Up and Down the Garden Path--Or, Designs for Gardeningp. 69
"Minor" Bulbs--Major Joysp. 82
Marigold Madness--Or, Color in the Gardenp. 91
Blossom Time--A Miscellany of Flowering Plantsp. 103
The Tulip Connectionp. 123
Reflections on Gardeningp. 131
Irisp. 150
Rosesp. 158
Of Toads and Bronze Dogsp. 175
It's a Jungle Out There!p. 182
Dahlias--A Lot at Stakep. 189
An Edible Complexp. 194
Daffodil-iriousp. 202
Fragrant Flowers--A Potpourrip. 211
To Shrub It Upp. 220
Earthman's Earthly Paradisep. 227
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780253215857
ISBN-10: 0253215854
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 24th January 2003
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.51  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.4

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