Named one of the '75 Great Garden Books' by the American Horticultural Society and chosen one of the ‘100 Best Gardening Books’ by Horticulture magazine
The author believes gardening in the middle South, where seasons have no definite boundaries but merge imperceptibly, could and should be a year-round pleasure. She takes us through the cycle of seasons, telling which plants are most suitable to which season. The book includes tables giving blooming dates of over eight hundred varieties of plants which were recorded over a period of years.
"The best written advice on landscaping and gardening in the Southeast."
"Lawrence's exceptional gift for writing about plants puts this volume in the category of fine literature, so even if you aren't a gardener, you'll still enjoy it. Be forewarned, though: If you aren't a gardener before reading A Southern Garden, chances are you will be when you finish."
"Continues to be the best book about gardening in the South today. Technology and lifestyles have changed greatly since [Lawrence] wrote the book in 1941, but plants have not."
--Gwinnett Daily Post
"I have learned more about horticulture, plants, and garden history and literature from Elizabeth Lawrence than from any other one person."
--Katharine S. White in Onward and Upward in the Garden
"It's no surprise that the influence and reputation of this book have spread far beyond North Carolina, where Lawrence gardened, for she is one of those rarities: a writer at once elegant and accessible, learned and down-to-earth. A consummate plantswoman, she could quote from the ancient Roman authors as easily as from the local market bulletins."
"An extraordinary evocation of the actual joy of handling plants and working the soil."
--Penelope Hobhouse in Garden Style
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