Garden Whimsy

Garden Whimsy

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If it sometimes seems that gardening is all work and no play, here's the book that will turn that canard on its head. Garden Whimsy is an entertaining look at the lighter side of gardening -- a refreshing change from how-to books on composting and double-digging. When author Tovah Martin lectures, her talk on garden whimsy is the one her audiences like best. This book brings her marvelous stories, illustrated by Richard Brown's stunning photographs, to the wider audience that has come to appreciate this talented team. So what is whimsy, botanically speaking? It may be as subtle as an inscription on a sundial or as noticeable as a child-size lighthouse. Birdhouses and scarecrows are favorite subjects, and so are topiary animals, capricious gates, and fences topped with the gardener's collection of blackbirds, kitchen utensils, or gardening gloves. It is eccentric, askew -- in short, whatever strikes a witty gardener's fancy. Best of all, it will inspire the reader to go and do likewise.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 241 x 254 x 16mm | 680g
  • Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0395937310
  • 9780395937310

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"Most garden art that reaches for humor is really so dumb and ugly that it scares gardeners into playing it straight. So when the team that brought us the best-selling 'Tasha's Tudor Garden' went on the hunt for horticultural levity, its challenge was to find garden features that could, like actress Cameron Diaz, make us laugh while still looking enchanting."
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22 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 5% (1)
4 55% (12)
3 27% (6)
2 14% (3)
1 0% (0)
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