Head gardener to a 30 year succession of Canadian Governors General and Prime Ministers, for more than two decades, Ed Lawrence has shared his encyclopedic knowledge of the horticultural world with callers to CBC Radio's weekly noon-hour phone-in gardening show. One of the longest running and most popular segments in Canadian broadcast history. Now retired from Rideau Hall, this veteran "Gardening Guru" has compiled the best of those queries and answers into a practical, hands-on compendium of horticultural peril and redemption. This book takes both the trowel-worn expert and the nervous novice through an anecdotal, voyeuristic journey of green-thumbed discover - exploring the tragedy of drought, infestation, wilt and other horticultural hazards and offering up practical insights and readily-rendered solutions, including the many variations of his famous "40 to 1" water and soap solution. Whether your dahlias are drooping, your maples are moping or your grass has grubs, Ed Lawrence has all the answers!
"Ed Lawrence is my favourite radio gardener. He has a way of making you feel confident that you can recover from your worst mistakes - if you just listen to his calm knowledgable advice!" - The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada
"Ed Lawrence is the Wayne Gretzky of gardening!" - Gardening from Bob Zettel
"This book distills the essence of Ed's radio programs over all those years when he was gardener to a succession of Governors General. Always helpful, always direct, always patient, Ed is Canada's best-liked and respected source of gardening knowledge." - Leonard Lee, Chairman, Lee Valley Tools
"Lawrence's patience and affability are legendary. As one prominent fan has put it, "he's helped more people than anyone I know." - Gardening Life Magazine