Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved-pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots-become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what's the alternative?
In "Gardening for a Lifetime," now in paperback, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help-another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. Or maybe it makes sense to get rid of high-maintenance trees, shrubs, or perennials.
The paperback edition features a new chapter in which Sydney's struggles with hip and back problems force her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, "Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I'm happy to see that you've read it." Gentle, personable, and practical, "Gardening for a Lifetime" will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the rewarding, joy-filled activity it was meant to be.
About the Author
Sydney Eddison has written six other books on gardening. She has been honored by National Garden Clubs Inc. with their Award of Excellence for 2010. For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, she has also received several other gardening awards. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and is a frequent contributor to Fine Gardening magazine and other publications.
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Reviews of Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older:
"Keep up your passion for plants as you grow older with these practical tips." Whole Living
"Her advice is both practical and creative." David Bare, Winston-Salem Journal
"Garden wisdom to all ages." Susan Smith-Durisek, Lexington Herald-Leader
"Sydney Eddison believes you can weed out loads of demanding yard work as you age without reducing the enjoyment of gardening. The 78-year-old author says it's simply a matter of gardening more wisely." Dean Fosdick, ABC News
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