starting over: page dickey’s new book ‘uprooted,’ on making a new garden

starting over: page dickey’s new book ‘uprooted,’ on making a new garden

“Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again” (affiliate link).

Page Dickey is a popular garden writer and author of numerous books, including her newest called Uprooted. And she was the co-founder of the Garden Conservancy Open Days national garden-visiting program. I welcomed her back to the podcast to hear about what happens when a gardener transplants herself–and we touched on topics from native plants to forcing bulbs in a coldframe.

Read along as you listen to the September 28, 2020 edition of my public-radio show and podcast using the player below. You can subscribe to all future editions on Apple Podcasts (iTunes) or Spotify or Stitcher (and browse my archive of podcasts here).

margaret and page in zoom event oct. 6, all her events

I’M DOING a Zoom event with Page Dickey to celebrate the publication of “Uprooted” on Tuesday October 6, 2020, at 7 PM Eastern Time. It’s hosted by our local independent bookseller, Oblong Books of Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York. We plan to talk in greater depth about our relationship with the wilder parts of the garden and with nature, an important element of her new book. The event is free; sign up here.

Page is also doing talks for the New York Botanical Garden October 20 at 1 PM, and Berkshire Botanical Garden October 22 at 6:30, and for The Garden Conservancy November 5 at 2 PM. All her events are also listed on her website’s event page.

https://robinhoodradioondemand.com/podcast-player/17301/uprooted-book-by-page-dickey-a-way-to-garden-with-margaret-roach-september-28-2020.mp3

Margaret: So congratulations, Page, another book. [Laughter.]

Page: Thank you. I think my last.

Margaret: So down to business: the book. It begins with an Anton Chekhov quote. It says, “I am in the condition of a transplanted tree, which is hesitating whether to take root or begin to wither.” And it looks like you took root, Page. So tell us a little bit; set the scene about this transition for us.

Page: Well, I think in the beginning, and certainly when I didn’t know whether I might wither, it was very hard to leave my old garden. I’d been there for 34 years. My husband joined me for the last 14 of them. And it was a place created over the years, with just a tremendous amount of love and passion. To just walk away from that was difficult.

But after much searching and lots of panic, when we really couldn’t find anything right away, we had decided to move to Northwestern Connecticut. And we found a plot of land that took my breath away, because it was full of fields and woods and wild land, and a view of the Berkshire Hills. It started me on a new adventure. I think that’s when I realized I wasn’t going to wither. [Laughter.] [Below, the new house in Connecticut.]


“Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again,” for one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is comment in the box at the very bottom of the page, answering this question:

Are you gardening in your first garden, or have you, like Page Dickey, ever been uprooted? Do tell. (This is my second garden, but I have been here more than 30 years; the first was a 5-year effort when I was first learning to garden, before I had my own place.)

No answer, or feeling shy? Just say something like “Count me in” and I will, but a reply is even better. I’ll pick a random winner after entries close at midnight Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Good luck to all.

(Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

margaret and page in zoom event oct. 6, all her events

I’M DOING a Zoom event with Page Dickey to celebrate the publication of “Uprooted” on Tuesday October 6, 2020, at 7 PM Eastern Time. It’s hosted by our local independent bookseller, Oblong Books of Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York. We plan to talk in greater depth about our relationship with the wilder parts of the garden and with nature, an important element of her new book. The event is free; sign up here.

Page is also doing talks for the New York Botanical Garden October 20 at 1 PM, and Berkshire Botanical Garden October 22 at 6:30, and for The Garden Conservancy November 5 at 2 PM. All her events are also listed on her website’s event page.

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