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"I just don't have the time"—perhaps the most common excuse for cutting back on reading, writing, painting, cooking, exercising, museum-going, and, yes, gardening. At least, cutting back on the kind of species-rich, highly structured gardens that have been the vogue for the last couple of decades. Val Easton sympathizes. Subtitled How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It, this book originated, in part, from Easton's own experience of down-sizing from a large, time-consuming Seattle garden to a tiny but stylish and productive garden on Whidbey Island—a garden that she can leave for a week or longer without panicking over its certain demise.

In her role as garden writer, Easton found that younger generations were disinclined to devote entire weekends to keeping up their gardens; for them, the garden served as an outdoor entertaining space, as well as a place to grow fresh food for the table. Combining this approach with her own desire to have more time for other pursuits, she arrived at a manifesto for the simplified garden: beauty and utility with less effort. Mind you, not no effort but less effort, for a garden cannot exist without some degree of huma...

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