Gardening at Ginger by James Raimes
My Seven-Year Obsession with Designing and Planting a Personal Landscape

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Seven years ago, James Raimes and his wife bought a country home on nine acres in upstate New York. In the tradition of their family, who once owned a cottage named Fred, this larger property became "Ginger." Inspired by the natural beauty of the land and a desire to learn how to be a gardener, Raimes found himself obsessed with such questions as why gardeners keep moving plants around, what the names of the lawn grasses are, and how one can impose order in a garden and at the same time make it look natural. What, in fact, defines a garden?

Gardening at Ginger is full of successes and failures, aches and pains, frustrations and delights. But more than that, it's the story of a great discovery: as we try to shape a landscape to reflect who we are, we find that who we are has been reshaped in the process.

About James Raimes

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JAMES RAIMES was the assistant director of Columbia University Press. He lives with his wife, an author, in Brooklyn and Chatham, New York. Before undertaking gardening at Ginger, he spent most of his city lunch hours enjoying the Ramble and other landscapes in Central Park.
Published May 24, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 255 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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