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Gardening in Eden

Seasons in a Suburban Garden

"Though an old man," Thomas Jefferson wrote at Monticello, "I am but a young gardener." Every gardener is.

In Gardening in Eden, we enter Arthur Vanderbilt's small enchanted world of the garden, where the old wooden trestle tables of a roadside nursery are covered in crazy quilts of spring color, where a catbird comes to eat raisins from one's hand, and a chipmunk demands a daily ration of salted cocktail nuts. We feel the oppressiveness of endless winter days, the magic of an old-fashioned snow day, the heady, healing qualities of wandering through a greenhouse on a frozen February afternoon, the restlessness of a gardener waiting for spring.

With a sense of wonder and humor on each page, Arthur Vanderbilt takes us along with him to discover that for those who wait, watch, and labor in the garden, it's all happening right outside our windows.

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Attorney, author, avid gardener, Arthur T. Vanderbilt II practices law in New Jersey and is the author of many works of nonfiction, including Fortune's Children, Golden Days, and The Making of a Bestseller. He lives in northern New Jersey.

"This sensual, literate story of a small New Jersey garden in four seasons over two decades is as vivid as spring tulips, as comic as the frogs in midsummer, and as bright as the stars of Orion on a winter's night."

-- Susan Cheever

"With contagious enthusiasm, Vanderbilt captures the beauty of impatiens and marigolds, the wonder of snowy skies and sprinklers in the sunshine, the satisfaction of a bed well tended, and all the other things that get us out of bed at the crack of dawn to hit the ground digging."

-- Dominique Browning, author of Around the House and in the Garden and Editor-in-Chief, House & Garden

"Here it is -- the armchair gardening book of the season. This is as delightful a book about gardening as I've read."

-- BookPage