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by Graham S. Thomas,Margery Fish

  • ISBN: 0881923419
  • Category: Crafts & Home
  • Author: Graham S. Thomas,Margery Fish
  • Subcategory: Gardening & Landscape Design
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (January 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • FB2 size: 1908 kb
  • EPUB size: 1278 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 408
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Published December 1995 by Reed International Books. The house was long and low, in the shape of an L, built of honey-coloured Somerset stone.

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of its original publication, Margery Fish's classic gardening memoir has been published in the United States for the first time

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of its original publication, Margery Fish's classic gardening memoir has been published in the United States for the first time.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A companion to The RHS Treasure of Garden Verse, this anthology presents a selection of garden writing spanning the globe and the centuries. Writers from Francis Bacon to Thoreau.

Margery Fish (née Townshend) (5 August 1892 – 24 March 1969) was an English gardener and gardening writer, who exercised a strong influence on the informal cottage garden style. The garden she created, at East Lambrook Manor in Somerset, has Grade I listed status

Graham Stuart Thomas OBE VMH (3 April 1909 – 17 April 2003), was an English botanist, best known for his work with garden roses, his restoration and stewardship of over 100 National Trust gardens and for writing 19 books on gardening, many of which . .

Graham Stuart Thomas OBE VMH (3 April 1909 – 17 April 2003), was an English botanist, best known for his work with garden roses, his restoration and stewardship of over 100 National Trust gardens and for writing 19 books on gardening, many of which remain classics today. In his obituary in the Los Angeles Times, Clair Martin, rose curator of Huntington Botanical Gardens said: "Thomas set about preserving the heritage of old roses when many of them were on the verge of extinction".

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Margery Fish was one of Britain’s leading gardeners. Named a classic gardening writer by the Royal Horticultural Society, she published six other gardening books and was a regular contributor to the British periodicals Amateur Gardening and The Field

Margery Fish was one of Britain’s leading gardeners. Named a classic gardening writer by the Royal Horticultural Society, she published six other gardening books and was a regular contributor to the British periodicals Amateur Gardening and The Field. Many thousands of visitors come each year to East Lambrook Manor, her Somerset garden. Michael Pollan is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Botany of Desire and Second Nature, named one of the best gardening books of the twentieth century by the American Horticultural Society

We Made a Garden book.

We Made a Garden book.

One of Britain's most esteemed gardening writers recounts how she and her husband set about creating an exemplary cottage garden from unpromising beginnings on the site of the former farmyard and rubbish heap that surround their newly purchased home in the countryside of Somerset, England.

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A charming account of how Margery Fish and her husband created a cottage garden from an overgrown farmyard. Writing in The New York Times Book Review, Michael Pollan said: "Much more than a period piece, We Made a Garden is a gentle reminder that plants are only a small part of what a garden is. The good ones are autobiographies written in green."
Reviews about We Made a Garden (Royal Horticultural Society Classic Garden Writers) (7):
Ytli
A gardening classic, We Made a Garden details the creation of a cottage garden in the UK by Margery and her husband Walter. She recounts everything from creating walls to trying to create a water garden. She refers to plants by both their common and Latin names. Some of the names have changed over time and there is a large list in the back giving both old and new names for reference. I am a gardening novice, but have found that I really enjoy it. However, I think this book would be more readily enjoyed by someone with quite a bit of gardening experience. Not knowing many of the plants she lists made for some dull reading. An edition with pictures would have kept my attention better. Still, some of her advice is helpful, especially when she talks about deadheading and cutting plants back. I am always afraid that I will kill my poor plants if I am too ruthless with my cutting. I’m glad I read it, but I probably won’t read it again.
Sinredeemer
Aside from being the history of the development of a wonderful garden I found this book to be a disturbing memoir of a controlling husband and an unquestioned emotionally abusive marriage in a sexist era where the woman gained power by subterfuge.

Walter deadheads roses, carelessly ignoring the trail of fallen blooms leaving Margery to pick them up like a servant. Walter cuts down her long awaited budding new flowers with a scythe without consulting her and she thinks he is teaching her a important lesson about not experimenting with new plants.In spring Walter plants high growing pole climbing roses in a garden bed that Margery spent a cold, wet winter preparing alone for her favorite low growing plants. Walter "allows" her one clematis of her choosing and buys five of the color he wants to decorate the famous front door with their blue blooms. He likes neat walk ways and she likes plants trailing over the edges which she plants after his death. In one scene they are putting in a paved walkway and she asks the workman for holes to be left for the small sprawling plants she loves. Water becomes furious and deems her greedy when she asks for "too many" and her holes are filled in with concrete. The sad thing is that she believes that she is greedy and that Walter is right.

I know this book is from another time, but reading it gave me a stomach ache at Margery's acceptance of her domination. She is a horticulturist of high intellect and personal opinions living in a sexist world who found insidious ways to get her way. She constantly defers to Walter, rationalizing that since he is the more experienced gardener, he must be right, but she orders new plants in secret and fears his noticing their arrival at the door. Walter purchases gaudy dinner plate dahlias that she hates, leaving her the work of meticulously planting, watering, digging up, cleaning and storing them. Margery takes her revenge, eventually letting all but a few die during their over wintering rest in the guest room.

My husband thought the book was hysterical. I first read it aloud to him as a joke but the more I read the more I got upset. Margery and Walter disagree on hydrangea colors, she like pinks, he likes blues, so they buy all blues until he dies when she replaces them all with pink. I guess she did finally get her way.
Anarahuginn
The gardening part was interesting and her family maintained this historic home, later sold. I got the feeling her marriage was not easy.
Dyni
Quite good, though I did not get as much gardening advice as amusement on her relationship with her late husband. A classic that I am late coming to, as a result of a recommendation on Slate.
Tantil
There are not picture at all,so when she talk about a plant,there is no way what the plant look like.
Uris
an interesting story about the making of a garden by a pretty famous lady. I am enjoying reading this book.
Djang
Wonderful book! Thank you so much, Amazon!
Apart from its value as a classic of garden literature this book is simply a most charming read. I delighted in the characters portrayed as the garden developed.

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