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Earth Works

Readings for Backyard Gardeners
Nancy Ross Hugo

BUY Paper · 180 pp. · 5.5 × 8.5 · ISBN 9780813918310 · $16.95 · Oct 1997

In Earth Works, award-winning columnist Nancy R. Hugo presents a month-by-month, season-by-season exploration of the pleasures and pains of gardening in the mid-Atlantic. Readers familiar with her columns in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginia Wildlife will welcome this collection of her most popular essays, written in the characteristic conversational style that has made her a regional favorite.

Earth Works has a wealth of helpful hints and seasonal advice for both experienced and beginning gardeners, from how to attract butterflies and discourage Japanese beetles to when to prune; from how to move big tress to how to propagate a legacy rose. This book offers something for every backyard gardener and will be treasured year-round by enthusiasts looking for much-needed seasonal tips, as well as by snowbound readers longing for a reminder of the warmer days to come.


A good blend of common sense and careful thought, colorfully written, with humor and without pretension. The essays are explicit enough to be of use to beginners, but so full of anecdote and ideas that experienced gardeners will enjoy them and learn from them too.

What a joy to have a gardening book that can be read either from beginning to end or from anywhere one opens... [This] book is charming and witty, imparts knowledge, advice, and etymologies in delectable doses.

About the Author(s): 

Nancy R. Hugo is a freelance garden writer and weekly columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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