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Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd together created one of the country’s finest gardens in southern Vermont. They wrote several books and numerous magazine articles from their experiences creating that garden and, eventually, creating gardens for others. 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 the second excerpt from that new book, published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, LLC.

When we taught school years ago, a colleague gave us a large box of old gardening magazines he had found while cleaning out his grandmother’s attic. They dated from the 1930s and 1940s, and were different from contemporary gardening magazines in almost every way. They were small in format, with few ads and fewer illustrations, all of which were in black and white. Their tone was spontaneous, informal, and direct, making them seem more like good garden conver...

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