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Gardening in Eden: The Joys of Planning and Tending a Garden Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 18, 2003

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For Vanderbilt, paradise exists in a well-placed perennial bed and rapture explodes on the garden center's opening day. In this lyrical, lovely paean to the delights and disappointments of a lifetime spent tending his garden, an Eden he has created in a suburban New Jersey backyard, Vanderbilt waxes nostalgic for bygone days of epic snowfalls and visits to green-thumbed grandparents, all the while anxiously anticipating next year's garden projects and zealously contemplating new plant purchases. Winsomely, wistfully, with acerbic wit and accumulated wisdom, Vanderbilt shares a jump-the-gun garden enthusiasm that eagerly spurs him to plant flats of annuals in defiance of May's last frost date, taking readers season by season through his garden reveries and activities until the day when he must stoically rip out the sodden foliage the year's first frost has inflicted on those very same plants. Gardeners have an almost preternatural sensitivity to the natural world around them, and Vanderbilt charmingly imparts his with a rhapsodic exuberance and poetic reverence for things keenly seen and deeply felt. Carol Haggas
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Susie Coelho author of Susie Coelho's Everyday Styling and host of HGTV's Surprise Gardener Gardening in Eden is a must-read for any gardener, especially those just starting out, as it provides wonderful, poetic inspiration, as well as practical advice. This is a "curl up in a chair" read, and then you'll want to get out into the garden and get your hands dirty! -- Review

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster; First Edition (February 18, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0743241800
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0743241809
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 1 x 7.75 inches
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A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Arthur T. Vanderbilt II is the author of many books of history, biography, memoirs, and essays. His books have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Reader's Digest's "Today's Best Nonfiction", the Easton Press Series of the 100 Best Books of American History, and other book clubs, and have been serialized in newspapers and magazines, translated into foreign languages, excerpted in anthologies, and optioned for film.

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