Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden by Emily Whaley

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In conversation with William Baldwin. Emily Whaley's garden on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina, may be the most visited private garden in the country. And no wonder. It is the life's work of a vibrant, sociable, opinionated, determined, forceful woman who has spent the last eighty-five years cultivating whatever life offered her. MRS. WHALEY AND HER CHARLESTON GARDEN captures and preserves Emily Whaley's distinctive voice and braces us with a clear understanding of how one might cultivate a practical personal philosophy alongside one's garden. "An ageless and captivating visit." --Publishers Weekly; "South Carolina gardener grows into phenom." --USA Today, cover story; "Emily Whaley is wonderful, both in and out of her garden."--Rosemary Verey, author of THE AMERICAN WOMAN'S GARDEN. As seen on CBS Sunday Morning. Now in its 6th printing.
 

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Emily Whaley was born in 1911 in Pinopolis, South Carolina. The mother of three daughters and grandmother of seven, she divided her time between her houses (and their kitchens) in Charleston, South Carolina, and Flat Rock, North Carolina. She died in June 1998. William A. Ringler, Jr. (1912-1987), best known for his definitive edition of the "Poems of Sir Philip Sidney" (1962), was also highly regarded for a wide range of studies in English Renaissance literature, including bibliographies of half of the major and all of the minor Tudor poets for the "New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature" (1974). "The Bibliography and Index of English Verse, 1476-1558" (1988), based on his research in poetic manuscripts, was published shortly after his death.Michael Flachmann, a former student of William Ringler's at the University of Chicago, is now a professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield, where he specializes in literature of the English Renaissance. He has published six books and numerous articles on Shakespeare and related topics.
 
Published January 3, 1997 by Algonquin Books. 246 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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``It helps to have some money, though.'' Likewise, she remarks, ``People are the greatest--the most fun that life offers.'' But Whaley also delivers some choice comments and vignettes: ``Dad said if everything Nan planted had taken, a rabbit couldn't have run across the yard.'' And she can be fol...

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If we can't actually spend an afternoon strolling amid the camellias in Emily Whaley's Charleston garden, the next best thing is stretching out with her delightful book that guides us through the 30-by-110-foot plot that she has nurtured for six decades.

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