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Rejuvenating a garden
Anderton, Stephen.
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North American edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Soma Books : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1999.
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"First published in the United Kingdom in 1998 by Kyle Cathie Ltd."--T.p. verso.
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SB453 .A675 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
SB453 .A675 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB453 .A675 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB453 .A675 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This book shows how to breathe new life into tired old gardens by clearing overgrown plantings, eradicating weeds, pruning, and replanting.

Author Notes

Stephen Anderton is a freelance journalist, gardening consultant, and writer and lecturer on gardens. He has twenty years' experience with garden restoration and the management of large private and public gardens.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In rejuvenating a garden, start by assessing the soil, climate, plants, structures, and restrictions, Anderton says, and then tells readers how to do those chores. He offers advice on doing the job--financing the work; clearing paths, open spaces, and tree stumps; thinning out trees and shrubs; eradicating weeds; and replanting. But the bulk of this informative guide is a pruning directory for more than 200 species of plants: trees, shrubs, hedges, vines, flowering plants, and topiary. There is advice on doing the work yourself or using professional help, and tips on giving first aid to plants in need. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers will find that while there's enjoyment in planting, real satisfaction can be had renovating an overgrown or forgotten garden. Like treasure hunters, gardeners painstakingly clear their way through jungles of rampant overgrowth to discover an old-fashioned peony bravely struggling, the foundation for bulb beds or a tangled vine crying for a healthy pruning. In lively prose, gardening expert Anderton carefully leads gardeners through tangled wild domains. Maintaining that even well-tended gardens need a new life after 20 or so years, Anderton meticulously explains where and how to wield the ax. He discusses the need for a solid plan and shows how to assess soil, micro-climates, existing structures and even local zoning restrictions. Of special interest is a valuable and comprehensive pruning guide listing the growing habits and specific pruning needs of hundreds of trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous plants "that have progressed down the primrose path to neglect." This practical, colorfully illustrated book fills a much-needed gap in the field of gardening literature. A useful appendix includes a resource guide to plant societies, publications and Web sites. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Anderton, a gardening consultant and writer, has 20 years of experience with garden restoration and the management of large private and public gardens. Here he shows readers what to do with an aging, overgrown garden. After explaining how to assess the condition of the gardenÄits soil, climate, plants, and structuresÄAnderton addresses the work itself, including what to do first and what to let wait, financing, weeds, hard landscaping, and other topics. Many of his suggestions are extremely practical and detailed. For instance, when discussing tree removal, he explains what to do with the wood and even cautions about leaving it in a pile for too long before burning, as it will have attracted earthworms and other beneficial insects. The final section is a textbook on pruning to rejuvenate, with specific instructions for over 200 individual cultivars. The book is well illustrated throughout with 300 excellent color photographs, many of them before-and-after. Recommended for garden collections.ÄCarol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Part I Where to Startp. 11
Part II Doing the Jobp. 45
Pruning to Rejuvenate: A Directoryp. 91
Resourcesp. 148
Indexp. 152
Photography Acknowledgmentsp. 160