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Country gardens

Author: Nina Williams; Rebecca Sawyer-Fay
Publisher: New York : Hearst Books, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Country Garden ... the very words conjure up images of tree swings and trellises, hollyhock's and pole beans, vine-ripened tomatoes and dewy grass tickling sleepy bare feet. Unlike more rarefied formal gardens, which are primarily stages for precise arrangements of plantings, the country garden is a more user-friendly setting, perfect for quiet afternoons in a shaded hammock, boisterous holiday celebrations, and
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Williams, Nina.
Country gardens.
New York : Hearst Books, ©1993
(OCoLC)742075322
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nina Williams; Rebecca Sawyer-Fay
ISBN: 0688106196 9780688106195
OCLC Number: 25914690
Notes: At head of title: Country living.
Description: 208 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: American country gardens --
Our favorite gardens --
Flowers, trees, and shrubs --
House and garden --
Garden furnishings --
Gardener's sourcebook.
Other Titles: Country living (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: text by Nina Williams & Rebecca R. Sawyer ; foreword by Rachel Newman.

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Country Garden ... the very words conjure up images of tree swings and trellises, hollyhock's and pole beans, vine-ripened tomatoes and dewy grass tickling sleepy bare feet. Unlike more rarefied formal gardens, which are primarily stages for precise arrangements of plantings, the country garden is a more user-friendly setting, perfect for quiet afternoons in a shaded hammock, boisterous holiday celebrations, and easy-living family suppers at the picnic table. Some of these country gardens cover acres of rolling hills, others flourish in suburban tracts, still others inhabit city rooftops. Some parade their flowers, from April's daffodils to July's cosmos to the zinnias of September. Others are rich in their bounty - the bushels of peas, potatoes, corn, and cucumbers that will feed family and friends.

From the heartland of the Midwest to Maine and Florida, Washington and California, no one has visited more country gardens across America than the editors of Country Living magazine. From the hundreds they have photographed, they have selected their all-time favorites for this new volume, COUNTRY GARDENS. In its pages, wonderful color photographs and an energetic, informative text celebrate the labors and rewards of gardening in America. Begin with a tour of the gardens themselves: a rose-covered cottage in Nantucket, a vineyard in the Delaware Valley, and a perennial garden at an old stagecoach stop in Ohio. Along the way, you'll encounter wildflowers in Colorado, cacti in the Arizona desert, bougainvillea in California, even a yellow rose of Texas.

A chapter devoted to classic country gardening includes a country setting deep in the city, a rose farm, a railway hobby garden, a garden of abundant flowers and vegetables, and a garden of spare wild grasses. At each stop, homeowners share their secrets for success, techniques you can easily translate to your own garden.

Learn how to establish the "bones" of a garden by selecting and planting trees and shrubs suited to your site. Special sections present clear and concise advice on organic gardening, establishing climbing roses and vines, and planting in recycled containers. Easy-reference lists offer recommendations for choosing plants for seasonal color and fragrance - even plants that will attract hummingbirds to your garden. You'll find ideas for outdoor entertaining and designs for porches and decks, picket fences and gates, weathervanes, and, of course, lots of scarecrows. And an extensive resources guide provides you with the names of regional plant sellers, furniture makers, and good gardening books to wile away the hours on a sunny August afternoon.

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