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Book Corner

By Staff
October 13, 2004
Gail Barton, Meridian Community College Horticulture Program coordinator, has published her first book: "Basic Gardening: A Guide for the Deep South."
In the book, Barton discusses ways to reduce maintenance levels of new or exiting gardens; recommends tough plants for most gardening situations and answers the novice gardener's common questions about planting techniques and maintenance.
She also elaborates on details so that advanced gardeners can learn about native plants, perennial garden design and other timely topics, and she explains the "green world" in simple terms.
Barton has been teaching at MCC for 21 years and was honored as the college's outstanding teacher of the year in 2002. She also writes a gardening column for The Meridian Star.
Barton and her husband, Richard Lowery, have been married for 17 years. She is a native of Starkville and moved to Meridian in 1983.
She holds a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Mississippi State University and is the former co-owner of Flowerplace Plant Farm.
Illustrations for the book were done by Barton's friends, Robby Fowler of Meridian and Patti Henson of Jackson.
Book: "Basic Gardening: A Guide for the Deep South"
How to order: Sold at Plant the Earth in Meridian; order by mail at Basic Gardening c/o Flowerpress, P.O. Box 4865, Meridian, MS 39304; or order online at www.gailbarton.com.
Cost: $25, plus $5 shipping if mailed
Book signings: Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Meridian Senior Citizen's Center and Nov. 7 at Plant the Earth.
If you're a local author and would like your book featured in this column, send book and background information to Penny Randall, The Meridian Star, P.O. Box 1591, Meridian, MS 39302; call (601) 693-1551; or e-mail: prandall@themeridianstar.com.

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