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A Garden of One's Own

Writings of Elizabeth Lawrence

Edited by Barbara Scott, Bobby J. Ward

Edited by Barbara Scott and Bobby J. Ward

A Garden of One's Own

304 pp., 6 x 9, 1 illus., notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5978-0
    Published: June 2009
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4931-3
    Published: June 2018

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Gardening enthusiasts and those who love to read about gardening will be delighted by this new collection of Elizabeth Lawrence's work. A gifted landscape architect and writer, Lawrence (1904-85) chronicled her experiences with plants in a voice treasured for its distinctive blend of horticultural expertise and stylistic elegance. Through her six books, all still in print, Lawrence continues to inspire an ever-widening circle of dedicated readers everywhere.

Between 1932 and 1978, Lawrence wrote more than fifty articles for gardening magazines, newsletters, and plant society bulletins. These writings--uncovered in a seven-year search and collected here for the first time--offer further testament to her talent for conveying practical details in an engaging, literate manner. Treating such subjects as trees and shrubs, bulbs, perennials, native plants, even fellow gardeners, this collection will be welcomed by the novice and knowledgeable gardener alike.

Elizabeth Lawrence, a graduate of Barnard College, was the first woman to receive a degree in landscape architecture from the North Carolina State College School of Design. Her writings were informed and inspired by her own legendary gardens in Raleigh and Charlotte.

About the Authors

Barbara Scott is a writer and editor whose work on gardens and gardening has appeared in a number of national publications
For more information about Barbara Scott, visit the Author Page.

Bobby J. Ward is an environmental scientist and writer who lives and gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina.
For more information about Bobby J. Ward, visit the Author Page.


“The writings of Elizabeth Lawrence are pure pleasure. . . . Lawrence’s eye for the right plant combination, her practical point of view, her literary perspective, and her elegant writing style make this book a delight.”--Journal American Rhododendron Society

"A treasure to be enjoyed."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Not only does Lawrence impart her vast knowledge of Southern gardening with expertise, but she also wrote in an elegant style and sure voice. Even if you know nothing about plants, her manner of placing the word on the page holds the interest and deepens one's respect for this great writer and gardener who wove literature and history into her articles. Happy reading, and pray for gentle rain."--Charlotte Leader

"This newest Lawrence book is a good read, perfect to pick up and enjoy on a wintry evening by the fire. Her charming, personal and informative writings probably will lead you on to read more of Elizabeth Lawrence, if her books are not already treasures on your garden bookshelves. Savor them all."--Sandra Ladendorf, Rock Garden Quarterly

"The practical advice [Lawrence] gives about specific plants . . . and the liveliness of her writing make this volume of interest to all gardening collections."--Library Journal

"Wonderful reading with useful information tucked in--a special treat for southeastern gardeners, though it is not necessary to live there to savor this graceful book."--Horticulture