WILMINGTON- On Friday, July 5, at 4 pm, Bartleby’s Books will host a book signing with Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto, authors of “The New England Gardener’s Year: A Month by Month Guide for Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.” This comprehensive full-color what-to/when-to/how-to reference manual covers every garden and landscape planting including the most proven and popular as well as many native New England plants that deserve to be better known. Month-by-month guidance from March through October--with suggested dates for planting and tending adjusted for each zone--is augmented by advice on such topics as soil testing, composting, pruning, landscape design, and how to provide a season-long source of pollen and nectar for beneficial insects. Gardeners will find advice and photos for adapting to any microclimate or situation including shade, wet soil, coastal landscapes, container, raised-bed, and extended-season gardening, and much more. Master gardeners or first-timers are invited to join the conversation and share their own tips and ask their own questions.
Co-author Joe Eck
Then, on Thursday, July 11, at 7 pm, Bartleby’s will host an evening with Joe Eck, co-author of “To Eat: A Country Life.” The book is a celebration of life together, a tribute to an utterly unique garden, and a wonderfully idiosyncratic guide for cooks and gardeners interested in exploring the possibilities of farm-to-table living. In 1974, Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd moved from Boston to southern Vermont (Readsboro), where they became the proprietors of a 28-acre patch of wilderness. The land was forested, overgrown, and wild, complete with a stream. Today, North Hill’s seven carefully cultivated acres—open to visitors during the warmer months—are an internationally renowned garden. In the intervening years, both the garden and the gardening books (“A Year at North Hill,” “Living Seasonally,” “Our Life in Gardens”) Eck and Winterrowd created together have been acclaimed in many forms, including in the pages of The New York Times. They were at work on “To Eat”—which also includes recipes from the renowned chef and restaurateur Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta and beautiful illustrations from their long-time collaborator Bobbi Angell—when Winterrowd died in 2010. Informative, funny, and moving, the delights within include a runaway bull; a recipe for crisp, fatty chicarrones; a personal history of the Egyptian onion; a hymn to the magic of lettuce—are sure to make “To Eat” a book readers return to again and again.
These events are free and open to the public. Bartleby’s Books is located at 17 West Main Street. To reserve a signed copy of the books please call us at (802) 464-5425, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit online at www.myvermontbookstore.com or stop on by at the store.