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Down the Garden Path (Allways Trilogy) Hardcover – 15 Feb 2005

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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Later Edition edition (15 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927108
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.7 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nichols has a wicked sense of humor. I highly recommend this book as a means of relaxing after a hard day and having a good laugh. -- Bobbie Schwartz "Buckeye" (10/01/2005)

You will definitely be reminded of "why" you garden. No wonder this book has for so many years been one of the world's best-loved and most-quoted gardening books. -- Ethel Fried "Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer" (05/17/2005)

This semiautobiographical story, of Nichols' first bumbling efforts at transforming a neglected property into a garden, was an immediate success and still rings true with amateur gardeners today. -- Lori D. Kranz "Bloomsbury Review" (03/15/2005)

" Nichols has a wicked sense of humor. I highly recommend this book as a means of relaxing after a hard day and having a good laugh." -- Bobbie Schwartz, Buckeye, October 2005

" You will definitely be reminded of "why" you garden. No wonder this book has for so many years been one of the world's best-loved and most-quoted gardening books." -- Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer, May 17, 2005

" This semiautobiographical story, of Nichols' first bumbling efforts at transforming a neglected property into a garden, was an immediate success and still rings true with amateur gardeners today." -- Lori D. Kranz, Bloomsbury Review, March 2005

"Nichols has a wicked sense of humor. I highly recommend this book as a means of relaxing after a hard day and having a good laugh."-- Bobbie Schwartz, Buckeye, October 2005--Bobbie Schwartz "Buckeye "

"Reading Beverly Nichols is like gliding along a smooth road through gentle, rolling scenery with a witty, articulate companion by your side."

"You will definitely be reminded of "why" you garden. No wonder this book has for so many years been one of the world's best-loved and most-quoted gardening books." Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer, May 17, 2005"

This semiautobiographical story, of Nichols first bumbling efforts at transforming a neglected property into a garden, was an immediate success and still rings true with amateur gardeners today. Bloomsbury Review

You will definitely be reminded ofwhyyou garden. No wonder this book has for so many years been one of the world s best-loved and most-quoted gardening books. Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

Reading Beverly Nichols is like gliding along a smooth road through gentle, rolling scenery with a witty, articulate companion by your side. Smith Mountain Laker

Nichols has a wicked sense of humor. I highly recommend this book as a means of relaxing after a hard day and having a good laugh. Buckeye
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"This semiautobiographical story, of Nichols' first bumbling efforts at transforming a neglected property into a garden, was an immediate success and still rings true with amateur gardeners today." --Bloomsbury Review

"You will definitely be reminded of why you garden. No wonder this book has for so many years been one of the world's best-loved and most-quoted gardening books." --Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

"Reading Beverly Nichols is like gliding along a smooth road through gentle, rolling scenery with a witty, articulate companion by your side." --Smith Mountain Laker

"Nichols has a wicked sense of humor. I highly recommend this book as a means of relaxing after a hard day and having a good laugh." --Buckeye

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"Down the Garden Path has stood the test of time as one of the world's best-loved and most quoted gardening books. Ostensibly an account of the creation of a garden in Huntingdonshire in the 1930s, it is really about the underlying emotions and obsessions for which gardening is just a cover story. The secret of this book's success---and its timelessness---is that it does not seek to impress the reader with a wealth of expert knowledge or advice. Beverley Nichols proudly declares his status as a newcomer to gardening: "The best gardening books should be written by those who still have to search their brains for the honeysuckle's languid Latin name."As unforgettable as the plants in the garden are, the cast of visitors and neighbours who invariably turn up at inopportune moments are truly memorable. For every angelic Miss Hazlitt there is an insufferable Miss Wilkins waiting in the wings. For every thought-provoking Professor, there is an intrusive Mrs. M., whose chief offense may be that she is a "damnably efficient" gardener. From a disaster in building a rock garden---"It reminded me of those puddings made of spongecake and custard which are studded with almonds"---to a triumph in building an "avalanche" of chionodoxas---"Ah, but it was worth waiting for"---to further adventures with greenhouses, woodland gardens, not to mention cats and treacle, Nichols has left us a true gardening classic.

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