Revisiting the Garden
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 250 pp., $25
Bookish gardeners know well (even in sunny Southern California) the delights of the winter doldrums. In rain and snow they diligently read their way through Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West, Eleanor Perenyi and that greatest of all literary gardeners, Katharine White (wife of E.B.). Page Dickey, legendary writer and gardener in the same outspoken, practical tradition, has written several books set in Duck Hill, her upstate New York garden of nearly three decades. Children, dogs, grandchildren have come and gone, and still Dickey digs and writes and compares notes. In...