Merry Hall

Merry Hall

Book - 1998
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Workman Press.
First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious.

No more delightful garden-related books have ever been written than Nichols' accounts of the rescue and renovation of Merry Hall, a rundown Georgian mansion and its garden.

Baker & Taylor
An unusual gardening book that discusses flowers and gardens in a non-fictional novel format, telling the story of a deserted garden that is transformed into a paradise

Book News
This classic of gardening literature humorously recounts Nichols' (1898-1983) purchase and renovation of an elegant, if run- down, Georgian estate and is illustrated with fine original pen and ink drawings. Includes an introduction by Ann Lovejoy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Timber Press is proud to return to print a classic in garden literature by the late Beverley Nichols. With a new foreword by Ann Lovejoy and a new index updating all plant names, this edition of Merry Hall should delight a new generation of readers.
If Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is hardly solemn. The narrative is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious. The local characters who alternately delight and frustrate him are as important as the plants: the ancient gardener Oldfield, who refuses to plant "boolbs," the scheming Miss Emily, and Gaskin, Nichols's omniscient and beatific factotum.
But what lures readers to return to Merry Hall again and again are the rapturous discursions on plants and gardening.

Publisher: Portland, Ore. : Timber Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780881924176
Branch Call Number: 635.09422 N515m 1998
Characteristics: xi, 520 p. : ill ; 21 cm

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Feb 04, 2013

I was really hoping I could figure out a way to make this book last forever. I tried everything to make it last - I read it in small bits and pieces, and only a small bit a day, but I still finished it too soon. Loved every line.

Jan 07, 2013

I love this man's voice! Nichols relates one quaint and cozy anecdote after another about his rehabilitation of the garden attached to the manor house he purchased after WWII. He woos the crotchety septuagenarian gardener into staying on, he can't resist buying garden sculpture, and must deal with the disapproval of his nosy neighbors (one of whom creates horrid flower arrangements for a living). Further, he loves cats! Such a fun read for anyone who loves gardening (or appreciates the pleasure that can be found in a garden).


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