Apprentice to a Garden (Paperback)
A New Urban Gardener Goes Wild
Lesslawn Press, 9780981969800, 176pp.
Publication Date: March 9, 2013
The Garden that Started It All
Award-winning author and national speaker Evelyn Hadden began gardening as a new homeowner in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Desperate for a daily dose of nature, she gradually transformed her lifeless urban lawn into a lively no-mow paradise.
Apprentice to a Garden chronicles four years of adventures and aha moments in Hadden's first garden, which she fills with hundreds of woody and herbaceous plants; rocks sized from pebble to table-top; and a home-made pergola. As the street recedes from view, flora and fauna become the focus. Garden rooms take shape. That mysterious, gratifying bond between gardener and site evolves.
Part essay and part memoir, this beginner's journey of awe, despair, and hilarity will bring back memories for experienced gardeners wherever they live and will smooth the way for those just starting down their own garden paths. Seasonal chapters chronicle the work and events in the garden, while more philosophical chapters ponder lessons learned there, including "Not All Loves Last," "Beauty is an Opinion," and "Nature Includes Humans."
This updated and illustrated edition includes 19 whimsical line drawings based on old photos of the garden by artist Shari Zimmermann, some updates and additions to the text, as well as several diagrams of the garden, a comprehensive index, and an annotated source list.