Mrs. Whaley and her Charleston Garden is a delightful, page-turning book. All gardeners should read this book. If you’re not a gardener, then buy it for a gardening friend.
Published in 1997, it’s charming and extremely entertaining. It’s one of those books that I wish would never end. I’ve actually forced myself to set it down knowing that if I keep reading it will turn into a “quick read.”
Charleston is my favorite southern city, and for those of you who have visited there or live there or near there, you’ll revel in Mrs. Whaley’s southern charm narrative.
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Just a sprinkling from the book flap:
Emily Whaley’s garden measures only 30 feet by 110 feet. It seems to hide behind her eighteenth-century clapboard house, but it’s ancient wrought-iron gate pushes open easily–if with a barely audible moan–to allow the visitor access. From there, a brick alleyway leads to what The New York Times has described as “peaceful, understated series of outdoor rooms with an oval of grass as simple as a haiku.”
Join eighty-six year old Mrs. Whaley as she takes you on a magical guided tour of her pride and joy: one of the most visited private gardens in America.