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Reviews of A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed

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Author (1): James Fenton

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: April 2003
Published by: Farrar Straus & Giroux
List price: $18.00
ISBN Number: 0374160295



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
A refreshingly simple and free-spirited approach to making a garden for pure pleasure

Forget "bones" Forget "structure." Forget trees, shrubs, and perennials. As James Fenton writes, "This is not a book about huge projects. It is about thinking your way towards the essential flower-garden, by the most traditional of routes: planting some seeds and seeing how they grow."

In this light-hearted, instructive, original "games of lists," Fenton selects one hundred plants he would choose to grow from seed. Flowers for color, size, and exotic interest; herbs and meadow flowers; climbing vines, tropical species-- Fenton describes one hundred readily available varieties, and tells how to acquire and grow them.

Here is a happy, stylish, unpretentious and thought-provoking gardening book that will beguile and inspire both novice and expert alike.

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Positive lafko06 On Feb 21, 2006, lafko06 wrote:

This is a small book of 125 pages packed with James Fenton's 100 easy to grow from seed annuals. According the book, the majority of the seeds are self sowers. I looked up every plant in Plant Files and yes, WELL over 90% of the annuals listed self seed based on my research. I also cross checked the list on Thompson and Morgan to see if they were truly "easy" to grow and the T&S website confirmed the ones I could find there (which was most of them). I find myself picking this book up again and again to reference something. I suggest considering adding this to your reference shelf for "at your fingertips" information on self sowing annuals. I'm very pleased with this book.

Positive Ninamaria On Feb 24, 2004, Ninamaria wrote:

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the quality of the writing in this book was as good as the information presented. It turns out that the author is a professional poet which explains why the book is such a gem. It presents one hundred of the author's favorite flowers which can be grown from seed. A fun read.

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