The Backyard Parables

Lessons on Gardening, and Life

By Margaret Roach
(Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9781455501984, 258pp.)

Publication Date: January 15, 2013

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Margaret Roach has been harvesting thirty years of backyard parables-deceptively simple, instructive stories from a life spent digging ever deeper-and has distilled them in this memoir along with her best tips for garden making, discouraging all manner of animal and insect opponents, at-home pickling, and more.

After ruminating on the bigger picture in her memoir And I Shall Have Some Peace There, Margaret Roach has returned to the garden, insisting as ever that we must garden with both our head and heart, or as she expresses it, with "horticultural how-to and woo-woo." In THE BACKYARD PARABLES, Roach uses her fundamental understanding of the natural world, philosophy, and life to explore the ways that gardening saved and instructed her, and meditates on the science and spirituality of nature, reminding her readers and herself to keep on digging.

About the Author
Vincent A. Simeone is the director of Planting Fields Arboretum state historic park in Oyster Bay, New York. He is a lecturer, teacher, horticultural consultant, and the author of "Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs," "Great Flowering Landscape Trees," and "Wonders of the Winter Landscape." He lives in Oyster Bay, New York. Bruce Curtis is a photographer whose work has appeared in "Time,"" LIFE," and "Sports Illustrated" magazines. His photography appears in many books, including "Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs," "Kids' Container Gardening," and "Wonders of the Winter Landscape," He lives in Roslyn, New York. Margaret Roach is the editorial director of "Martha Stewart Living," She lives in New York City. A. Wayne Cahilly is a horticulturist at New York Botanical Garden. He lives in Dumont, New Jersey.
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