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An Englishman's Garden in America
Author: James Raimes

ISBN: 9780711227972
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1 August 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.4
James Raimes, born in York, now gardens on nine acres in upstate New York.

Intrigued by the nature of gardening, and by the differences in gardening practice in the two countries, he finds himself obsessed with such questions as why gardeners keep moving plants around, what the names of the lawn grasses are and how can one impose order in a garden and at the same time make it look natural.

What, in fact, defines a garden? 'Gardening for me is always looking and learning. It's bringing memories of England, where I grew up, to plans for the future. It's seeing a fawn not as Bambi but as the enemy, seeing Picasso and Braque in a winter landscape and Dylan Thomas in the colours of summer. It's sitting at a desk with a drink in the evening, making lists. It's meditating on the effect of time on place.'

About the Author

James Raimes worked for the Oxford University Press in Oxford, before moving to America where he worked for various publishers, finally becoming the assistant director of Columbia University Press.

He lives with his wife, an author, in Brook...

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