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Rhododendron ‘Fragrantissimum’. Photograph by Michael Lewis, courtesy Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd together created one of the country’s finest gardens, North Hill, in southern Vermont. They wrote several books and numerous magazine articles from their experiences creating that garden and, eventually, creating gardens for others. They have long given credit to the influence of the West Coast horticultural scene, its gardens, its nurseries, and, perhaps most of all, its gardeners. In their latest book, Our Life in Gardens, they share some of the stories of their visits to the West Coast, particularly to the San Francisco Bay Area, and of the people they met and the plants they brought home. This is an excerpt from that new book, published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, LLC.

So much of what we’ve grown over the years has been the result of what we have gone to bed with. When our garden was only a hope and a dream, and we were living in a rented house, we ended each day with a thick reference book on some aspect of gardening. We did not look things up or skip abou...


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