A New Leaf

A New Leaf

Book - 2011
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A graceful and sharply observed book of inspiration that uses the garden as its central muse

A New Leaf traces a year of growing seasons at The Leaf, Merilyn Simonds' acreage in eastern Ontario. A lifelong gardener, Simonds works the soil and the soul for wide-ranging revelations about everything from flowers that keep time, to the strange gift of compost, to great gardens of the world, to things lost and found underground.

She is joined on her journey by a host of companions -- including her Beloved, who tills by her side; the Rosarian, who tends to both bud and thorn in roses and life; and the Frisarian, who weeds unwelcome visitors to make room for new growth. Intelligent and intimate, irreverent and elegant, A New Leaf offers a cornucopia of enrichment and inspiration for the fertile mind.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9780385670456
Branch Call Number: 635 SIM 2011
Characteristics: 270 p

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Cdnbookworm May 15, 2012

Simonds follows the seasons in her garden, talking about the large variety of plants, her relationships with them, the history of her garden, and her family and friends.
The writing is a mix personal experience and gardening advice. I found it very interesting, with good advice regarding gardening, but I was a bit put off by her invented titles for all the people in her life. From her spouse, Beloved, to good neighbors Garden Guru, Rosarian, Humanist, and Farmer, nobody is identified by their real name, and I found that came across as affected to me. Perhaps she was trying to protect them by not naming them, but that did not work for me.
But her descriptions of her gardens, her love of plants, flowers, vegetables, and trees comes through clear and strong and captures the reader, making one want to go out and dig in, if not go out to garden centres and shop.
Inspiring.

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alterosen2
Feb 27, 2012

Very enjoyable!

debwalker Apr 16, 2011

"In a series of essays, Merilyn Simonds writes of her soul-feeding experiences across an entire gardening year, from clean-up through harvest, including memories of gardens and people past. It doesn’t take long for the book’s hard, black lines of type to disappear, and for the reader to be spellbound, completely submerged in Simonds’s special world."
Sherry A. Firing
Globe & Mail April 15 2011

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