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Reviews of The White Flower Farm Garden Book

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Author (1): Amos Pettigill
Author (2): William B. Harris

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: January 1995
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN Number: 0964744007



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Neutral Leehallfae On Jan 10, 2010, Leehallfae wrote:

The White Flower Farm Garden Book is still available, free of charge, and can be ordered at their website.

Will update after I've received my copy.


10 January 2010

Positive claypa On Oct 14, 2006, claypa wrote:

The White Flower Farm Garden Book is a general reference book about garden plants and practices. It lists plant genera alphabetically and describes some varieties within each genus listed. Plant are described from the author's personal standpoint. Phonetic pronunciations are provided, and common names are cross-referenced. There are brief essays of varying depth on many garden topics; some of the better ones are Lawns, Hand Tools, Double-Digging, Pruning, Irrigation, Patio Gardening, et cetera.
There are diagrams of mass plantings including plant suggestions, hardiness zone maps, index, and beautiful, accurate line drawing illustrations by Nils Hogner.
The foreword of this book is thirty pages of the story of the beginnings of what was probably America's greatest mail-order nursery of the twentieth century. The account is frank and at times, very funny. It explains the existence of Amos Pettingill, the mythical plantsman and purported author of this book. Photographs are included in the foreword. It was published in both hardback and softcover. Wide margins leave room for gardener's notes. 365 pages.
I love this book, and refer to it often because it's an excellent book for beginning gardeners.

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