Down To Earth With Helen Dillon

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In this book Helen Dillon encapsulates, in her inimitable witty and accessible style, her lifetime of gardening know-how, deep love of plants and assured sense of design. Here is illumination for every gardener—from the beginner wondering why nothing will grow in the garden of the new house to the sophisticate aiming at exquisitely subtle effects. Thoughtful ideas on garden style are underpinned by practical advice on looking after plants and careful instructions on the basics of digging, planting and propagating. Helen Dillon teaches us all how to garden, and garden well.

Part one, "Beginner's Stuff," tackles elementary subjects such as how to construct a proper path, how to cope with shade, when and how much to fertilize and water, and how to deal with pests. Part two, "The Middle Ground," ventures into more advanced subjects, including pruning and deadheading, propagation, staking, and plants for specific sites and uses. Part three, "Fancy Stuff," tantalizes the experienced gardener with chapters on exotic plants, plants used primarily for their ornamental foliage, usual and collector's plants, and on "decluttering" the garden.

Throughout the book, Dillon's friendly, humorous, no-nonsense approach guarantees all gardeners will appreciate the wisdom of a true expert.


Helen Dillon is revered world-wide as one of the most skilled and perceptive gardeners of our time. Much sought after as an author, broadcaster and garden consultant, she lectures frequently in the United States. In 1999 she was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society in England and in 2003 the George Robert White Medal of Honor of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. In autumn 2004 she was made a Distinguished Counsellor to the Board of the New York Botanical Garden. Her garden in Dublin has been open to the public for the last twenty years.

Pub Date: 2007
Format: Hardback with color illus.
Pages: 223 
Size: 8.00 x 10.00 inches

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