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ID
c69c
Title
"Lilies and Coal."
Genre
Essay
Page Count
5
Word Count
1400
Publisher
My Garden
Publication Year
1938
Document Types
Full-text Online
Autobiographical
Topics
Gardening

In this "intentionally uninformative article," Bates anticipates his many later gardening essays in recollecting childhood garden experiences, praising some of his favorite flowers, extolling the virtues of growing from seed, and advocating "that all gardening should be in essence quite simple, boastless, catholic, unsentimental, a medium of pleasant exercise for the spirit." In My Garden: An Intimate Magazine for Garden Lovers (February 1938, pp. 163-167).


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