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The Amateur Garden   By: (1844-1925)

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The Amateur Garden by George Washington Cable is a delightful and informative book that takes readers on a journey through the author's personal experiences with gardening. Cable's passion for gardening shines through in his vivid descriptions and the enthusiasm with which he recounts his various gardening adventures.

One of the strengths of the book is its accessibility to readers of all gardening backgrounds. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or simply a beginner, Cable's practical tips and advice can be easily implemented and appreciated. His conversational tone makes it feel like you are having a friendly chat with a knowledgeable friend who is eager to share their expertise.

What sets The Amateur Garden apart from other gardening books is the author's unique perspective. Cable weaves anecdotes from his own life into the narrative, adding depth and authenticity to his teachings. This personal touch makes the book feel more relatable and encourages readers to connect with the author on a deeper level.

Moreover, Cable's attention to detail is impressive. He covers a wide range of topics, from selecting the right plants for different climates to soil preparation, planting techniques, and even pest control. The book is organized into several informative chapters, each focusing on a specific aspect of gardening, allowing readers to easily navigate and find the information they need.

Additionally, Cable's love for nature and the environment is apparent throughout the book. He emphasizes the importance of sustainable gardening practices, urging readers to consider the ecological impact of their choices. This eco-friendly perspective adds another layer of significance to the book, inspiring readers to make conscious decisions that benefit both their gardens and the planet.

However, as much as I enjoyed The Amateur Garden, there were a few drawbacks. At times, Cable's writing can be overly descriptive, bogging down the pace of the book. While his attention to detail is commendable, some readers might find themselves longing for a more concise approach.

Furthermore, although the book covers a wide range of gardening topics, it would have benefited from more visual aids or illustrations. While Cable's words paint a vivid picture, visual representations of concepts or examples of successful gardening techniques would have made the book even more engaging and practical.

Overall, The Amateur Garden is an excellent resource for anyone looking to cultivate their own green space. George Washington Cable's passion for gardening shines through in his engaging writing style, providing readers with valuable tips, personal anecdotes, and a deeper appreciation for the beauty of nature. Despite a few minor shortcomings, this book is an invaluable companion for both novice and experienced gardeners alike.

First Page:

[Illustration: "That gardening is best ... which best ministers to man's felicity with least disturbance of nature's freedom."

This is my study. The tree in the middle of the picture is Barrie's elm. I once lifted it between my thumb and finger, but I was younger and the tree was smaller. The dark tree in the foreground on the right is Felix Adler's hemlock. [Page 82]]

THE AMATEUR GARDEN

BY

GEORGE W. CABLE

ILLUSTRATED

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

NEW YORK: MCMXIV

Copyright, 1914, by

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

Published October, 1914

CONTENTS

PAGE

MY OWN ACRE 1

THE AMERICAN GARDEN 41

WHERE TO PLANT WHAT 79

THE COTTAGE GARDENS OF NORTHAMPTON 107

THE PRIVATE GARDEN'S PUBLIC VALUE 129

THE MIDWINTER GARDENS OF NEW ORLEANS 163

ILLUSTRATIONS

"That gardening is best ... which best ministers to man's felicity with least disturbance of nature's freedom" Frontis

"... that suddenly falling wooded and broken ground where Mill River loiters through Paradise" 6

"On this green of the dryads ... Continue reading book >>




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