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Gardening at the Shore

By Frances Tenenbaum

Photographs by Jerry Pavia

A mine of information about gardening at the seaside.

Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

Creating a garden in a coastal area can be daunting, even for those who have mastered the techniques of inland gardening. Wind, sand, salt, and scorching sun all combine to create a unique set of challenges. Frances Tenenbaum, who has gardened for decades on Martha's Vineyard, knows these challenges intimately and has learned how to meet them. Whether you garden on the cool, foggy Pacific Coast, the New England and Mid-Atlantic shore, or the warm southeastern Atlantic Coast, the techniques in this book will enable you to create a lush, welcoming garden that can brave the elements. As Tenenbaum admits, it took her years of experimentation to learn how to garden successfully in coastal conditions. Luckily, you don't have to relive her failures: the answers are right here.

Media reviews

"A mine of information about gardening at the seaside."

—Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

"Would make a fine present for a friend living and gardening to [Maine's] south, or on the Pacific coast."

—Carol Howe, Downeast Coastal Press

"Just what the horticulturist ordered. When it comes to writing, Frances, the grande dame of garden book editors, practices what she preaches. A veteran of seashore gardening on Martha's Vineyard, she advises on dealing with coastal elements from Oregon to Long Island. You'll enjoy the coast-to-coast photos by Jerry Pavia."

—Irene Virag, Newsday

"[This has] useful chapters on invasive plans, tips and advice from the pros, a host of useful places-to-ask, ... and a text that is wondrously readable and inspirational, even for those of use whose gardens are mostly of the mind."

—Marilis Hornidge, Rockland Courier-Gazette

"An informative guide to everything from preparing for hurricanes to planting in the sand. It includes listings of public coastal gardens, hardy species, and advice from experts."

Waterfront Home & Design

"Has very good information about what works and what doesn't."

—Abby Jane Brody, East Hampton Star

"Gives advice on overcoming the special problems of growing plants on all coasts of the U.S., including bits of advice from several seashore gardeners. It is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Jerry Pavia."

—Margaret C. Crooks, Asbury Park Press

"If you know an avid gardener who lives within range of the coast — anywhere in the United States — Gardening at the Shore is the one book they'll want."

—Jane Berger, Garden Design Online

About the author

Frances Tenenbaum

Frances Tenenbaum, legendary Houghton Mifflin garden editor, has gardened on Martha's Vineyard for decades. Among her edited volumes are Taylor's Guide to Seashore Gardening and Taylor's Guide to Shade Gardening as well as The Dictionary of Gardening and the Encyclopedia of Garden Plants.

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