The 3000-Mile Garden: 8an Exchange of Letters on Gardening, Food, and the Good Life

Leslie Land, Author, Roger Phillips, Author Viking Books $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-670-86714-1
Two professional gardeners, one British, the other American, having met at a New Hampshire ``mushroom foray,'' continue to share their gardening adventures in this delightful collection of their letters. Journalist/author Land (The Modern Country Cook) has country gardens in Cushing, Maine, and upstate New York; Phillips, a prolific writer/lecturer and plant photographer (Quest for the Rose), gardens by committee in London's three-acre city park at Eccleston Square. The difference in their situations intrigues them both and is instructive. They exchange discoveries about climate, garden design, rare and common cultivars, soils, mulches, pests and numerous other details of concern to gardeners. They spice their letters with botanical myth and gossip, bits of local history and geography and custom, and compare favorite recipes for their edible plants. Among other titillations, Phillips tells her how he heated a ham in mulch, and Land describes her experiments with diluted urine as a greening agent. But every page in this chatty, exuberant book is a feast of tips and surprises whose abundance and utility well serve any gardener. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1996
Release date: 01/01/1996
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-14-025447-1
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