Review by: Judith B. Tankard, Landscape Institute, Harvard University - September 15, 2005
This is the biography of Elizabeth Lawrence that we have all been waiting for. Even though Lawrence's writings are legendary among Southern gardeners, her personal life has always been somewhat elusive. Wilson deftly weaves together Lawrence's passions - her gardens, family circle, cherished friendships, and even her religious beliefs-in a compelling narrative.
Review by: Carol Haggas, Booklist - September 15, 2005
"Lawrence’s life is celebrated with joy, reverence, and clarity in this captivating biography of the quintessential horticulturalist whose columns and books about her private Southern garden inspired gardeners throughout the country. Wilson vibrantly traces Lawrence’s developments from a shy, devoted daughter to a pioneering landscape architect and prolific garden writer."
Review: Kirkus Reviews - September 15, 2005
“A perceptive biography of one of the country’s great gardeners and gardening writers. Sensitive and luminously written.”
Review by: Janet Lembke, Raleigh News & Observer - September 15, 2005
“How can anyone resist reading this life, well-illustrated by photographs, of this small, beautiful woman?”
Review by: Norma Prendergast, American Gardener - September 1, 2005
"[A] well-written and carefully researched biography of a giant in gardening literature . . . It brings to life a world that seems to have disappeared, one where women's lives were bound by family and social convention, but one in which it was still possible to live a rich life, nourished by a passion for gardening and the love of friends."
Review by: Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer - September 1, 2005
"Gardeners who enjoy history and literature will be fascinated as a life unfolds . . . the reader will have the satisfaction of knowing a remarkable woman who loved her garden and fellow gardeners, a person you wished lived right next door."
Review: Boston Globe - September 1, 2005
"Emily Herring Wilson lifts the veil on an elusive figure whose classic garden books have delighted generations."
Review by: Diane Heilenman, Gannett News Service - September 1, 2005
"Reading for a winter's night for those, like Lawrence, who ponder why we garden."