A Life in the Garden

Tales and Tips for Growing Food in Every Season


By Barbara Damrosch

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One of America’s most well-known and bestselling gardening writers shares her reflections and advice on finding joy in the garden

In A Life in the Garden, horticultural icon Barbara Damrosch imparts a lifetime of wisdom on growing food for herself and her family. In writing that’s accessible, engaging, and elegant, she welcomes us to garden alongside her. Personal, thoughtful, and often humorous, this book offers practical DIY insights that will delight gardeners, cooks, and small-scale farmers. With a personal and sometimes irreverent tone, Barbara expresses the pleasure she takes in gardening, the sense of empowerment she finds in it, and the importance of a partnership with the real expert: nature.

  • To me, Barbara Damrosch is the Julia Child of gardening. ...Barbara was one of the people who made “sustainable” “small-scale,” and “compost” household words. …She practically invented the edible gardening movement.

    Phillis Odessey, The New York Botanical Garden, Plant Talk
  • One of the most popular gardening personalities in the world.

    Dr. Richard Churchill, People, Places and Plants
  • Barbara Damrosch has saved from extinction the art of the personal essay. Not since Charles Lamb have we had such enjoyable reading. She makes kitchen gardening an imaginative experience.

    Daniel Hoffman, 22nd United States Poet Laureate.
  • The Queen of organic growing…a human search engine when it comes to questions about gardening and cooking.

    Heidi Julavits, The New York Times Style Magazine

On Sale
Oct 1, 2024
Page Count
380 pages
Timber Press

Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch

About the Author

Barbara Damrosch is one of the nation's most respected garden experts and writers. She is the author of Theme Gardens and The Garden Primer and wrote a weekly column for The Washington Post called "A Cook’s Garden" for nearly 15 years. She appeared as a regular correspondent on the PBS series The Victory Garden, and co-hosted the series Gardening Naturally for The Learning Channel. She is the co-owner, with her husband, Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine, that is a nationally recognized model of small-scale sustainable agriculture.

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