Which is why and how I can recognize the appeal of well-regarded garden designers Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd’s (The Year at North Hill: Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden and Living Seasonally: The Kitchen and the Table at North Hill) third co-authored book, Our Life in Gardens (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), which they describe as such:
This book is a mixed bag, a gypsy trunk of this and that. Within it, we hope the reader will find sound information about the cultivation of plants and their value in the landscape, and some perceptions about garden design, which is our profession. There are also essays about the various parts of our garden, and there are essays about particular plants There are also essays on the development of the garden over time and the question that weighs on us most at this time, its probable demise.By the way, of Eck and Winterrowd’s legendary garden North Hill, Kincaid opines: Seeing a garden can fill you up with one kind of feeling or another; very few can make you swell up with excitement and at the same time become small in a state of peace. North Hill is such a garden.
Still, for all its mixed nature, this book has a coherence, for as we have tried to explain, it’s really about us. Rather than apologizing for its implicit egotism, we would have to say that we may shamelessly write another. We do not seem to be done yet.