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Down & Dirty
43 Fun & Funky First-time Projects & Activities to Get You Gardening
It may seem like gardeners belong to a super-secret, esoteric club, made up of members who know all about Latin plant names and mysterious methods familiar only to the serious few. Not true, says Ellen Zachos. She is here to reassure the uninitiated that anyone can have fun in the dirt. As proof she points out the millions who have actually planted something and succeeded in making it grow without a degree in horticulture or vast experience in design and color theory. Anyone can join the gardening ranks.

The secret, Zachos believes, is to start with one small project, make it work (that’s where her expertise comes in!), learn by doing, and move on to the next project. Easy, right? It couldn’t be simpler or more fun, and the immense satisfaction that comes with helping things grow is unbeatable.

Zachos’s broad range of creative projects encourages would-be gardeners to discover the joys of getting down and dirty. There’s something for every taste, from planting a tree to designing a small stonescape to starting a strawberry bed. She even includes a tasty recipe for strawberry sorbet!

The projects teach fundamental skills and give beginners the confidence to keep learning. Taken as a group, they provide the learning blocks of a beginner’s course in planting, designing, and creating. Gardening is really as easy as that. Spend a few weekends on fun projects that brighten up the home and backyard and learn basic gardening skills in the process. Proficiency in Latin is another matter. About Ellen Zachos

Ellen Zachos teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, where she is also the coordinator of the gardening program in Continuing Education. She lectures on houseplants for horticultural organizations around the world, including the Horticultural Society of New York and the Central Park Conservancy. As a professional photographer, she illustrates her lectures with high-quality slides. Ellen is a Harvard graduate and received certificates in commercial horticulture (both garden design and plant production) and ethnobotany from the New York Botanical Garden. She also studied at the Albert- Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany. Her published works cover topics such as interior landscaping, container gardening, xeriscaping, and annual and perennial plants. Her work has been published in Woman's Day, Parenting, and New Mexico Magazine. Ellen is also a frequent contributor to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's handbook series. Ellen, her husband, and their two cats live in Milford, Pennsylvania and New York City.


Author : Ellen Zachos
ISBN : 1580176410
Publisher : Storey Publishing
Sugg. Retail Price : $19.95
Available in Softcover
Number of Pages : 248

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