Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again

Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again

by Page Dickey


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"An intimate, lesson-filled story of what happens when one of America’s best-known garden writers transplants herself, rooting in to a deeper partnership with nature than ever before." —Margaret Roach, author of A Way to Garden

When Page Dickey moved away from her celebrated garden at Duck Hill, she left a landscape she had spent thirty-four years making, nurturing, and loving. She found her next chapter in northwestern Connecticut, on 17 acres of rolling fields and woodland around a former Methodist church. In Uprooted, Dickey reflects on this transition and on what it means for a gardener to start again.

In these pages, fol­low her journey: searching for a new home, discovering the ins and outs of the landscape surround­ing her new garden, establishing the garden, and learning how to be a different kind of gardener. The sur­prise at the heart of the book? Although Dickey was sad to leave her beloved garden, she found herself thrilled to begin a new garden in a wilder, larger landscape.
Written with humor and elegance, Uprooted is an endearing story about transitions—and the satisfaction and joy that new horizons can bring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604699579
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 153,630
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Page Dickey is a garden designer and author of multiple books, including Gardens in the Spirit of Place, Inside Out, and Embroidered Ground. She lectures around the country about plants and garden design, and has written articles for House and Garden, Architectural Digest, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, and Garden Design. Her former garden, Duck Hill, has been featured in the New York Times, Elle Décor, and Vogue. She now lives and gardens in Falls Village, Connecticut, on 17 acres with a view of the Berkshire hills.

Table of Contents

Leaving 10

Finding a Place 19

Moving North 20

Loving New England 24

The Northwest Corner of Connecticut 30

Church House 38

Not a Farmhouse 40

Renovations 45

A Landscape Inherited 51

The New Garden 55

The Front Borders 57

The Pool Enclosure 67

The Cutting Garden 75

Echoes of Duck Hill 90

Self-Seeding 92

Cold Frames for Forcing Bulbs 100

A Smell Greenhouse for Bosco 107

Craving Woodies 114

Planting an Orchard 128

The Wild Land 138

The Fields 140

The High Wooded Bluffs 155

The Low East Woods 165

The Fen 173

Working with Nature 178

A New Way of Thinking 180

Fighting Invasives 184

Nurturing Oaks and Witch Hazels 191

Native Species Added to the Field's Edge 196

Taking Hold 201

A Different Emphasis 203

Bird Life (No Cats) 208

Sharing a Home 215

Change 223

Acknowledgements 229

Photography Credits 230

Index 232

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