How to Garden

A Way to Garden guides the reader through the plant world’s yearly life cycle from “conception” in January to “death and afterlife” in December.



Information on how to do usual activities, like choosing and planting bulbs or keeping water gardens clean, is told from the perspective of the author Margaret Roach and her own gardening struggles and discoveries. Many other jobs, like pruning various types of hydrangeas and clematis, are explained clearly enough to know whether to clip or not and how and when. A thoughtful essay about certain aspects of gardening introduces each two-month section.