- Title Pages
IThe Garden in the Mind
- General Advice
- To One Who Hath No Garden
- The Common Natural History
- The Importance of Seeing Correctly
- A Reverie of Gardens
- The Feeling for Plants
- Planting a Plant
- Gardening and Its Future
IIThe Growing of the Plants
IVFruits & Vegetables
VSpring to Winter
Appendix IThe Garden Fence
Appendix IIBooks by Liberty Hyde Bailey
- (p.13) General Advice
- The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion
- John A. Stempien, John Linstrom
- Cornell University Press
Launching the anthology, this introductory essay proclaims that "every family can have a garden." It also offers the advice that to love plants is the only necessity for one to start a garden, be it roses or pigweeds. Be one a novice or an experienced gardener, Bailey exhorts the reader to "love the nearest at hand." The essay also offers a short definition of what a garden is, commemorates garden authors of the past centuries, and ends with a colorful anecdote intimating that perhaps the best kind of plant is one that needs the least of the gardener's intervention.
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