Planting an Inheritance: Life on a Pennsylvania Farm

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Stackpole Books, 1994 - 216 pages
  • Gardener's-eye account of 50 years on a Pennsylvania farm
  • Vivid and complete description of the nurturing of a unique legacy
  • Rare, original, full of sharp insight and hard-earned wisdom

Lacking inherited wealth, Edwin and Mimi Peeples invested their energy in an abandoned farmhouse and its fields and woods to create a different kind of wealth: mature plantings of box and yew, magnificent specimen trees, unusual ornamentals. There were natural treasures on their grounds, too, so they husbanded the wildflowers and fragrant herbs, the native berries and volunteer fruits, the precious hardwood and aromatic trees. "The fortunate thing about a farm," Peeples writes, "is that whatever wild plant you have at all, you generally have by the acre." Now surrounded by subdivisions, the landscape is at risk, but Peeples will not sell out. What could any man buy worth more than a bequest of beauty?

 

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Contents

Inherited Horticulture
23
Pomes Pears and Peaches
33
A Tree of Mixed Blessings
39
Hickory the American Tree
47
Black Locust the Fence Post Tree
53
An Historic Fragrance
59
Lumbering Experience
67
How to Roast a Log
73
A Career of English Box
129
Yew the Ancient One
135
The Eleagnus Adventure
143
The Southern Connection
155
Three Special Trees
161
The Summer of Hubert
171
A Defense of Bats
179
Hunters Deer and Canada Geese
187

Honeysuckle and Kudzu
105
The Beautiful Nuisance
115
Building
123
A Garden for the Table
197
Mimi
209
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