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New book by late garden author Dulcy Mahar to be released today



Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A new book, Through the Seasons With Dulcy, collects 140 of the popular gardening columnists pieces.

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Dulcy Mahar knew for certain that a garden is a year-round passion and that each season brings opportunities to enjoy outdoor spaces in new ways. Starting today, fans of the late gardening columnist can also enjoy a new collection of her writing.

“Through the Seasons With Dulcy” (Carpe Diem Books, $22.95) collects 140 of the more than 1,100 columns Mahar wrote for The Oregonian over a 22-year career. The book gives readers the opportunity to see how gardens — as well as gardeners — change over time, as Mahar guides readers through the annual and perennial cycles of gardening life.

The volume also contains nearly 200 photographs from Mahar’s garden in Portland’s Garthwick neighborhood.

No matter what the time of year, Mahar always found something to plan or do in her garden. When winter weather made outdoor work unpleasant or impossible, she recommended curling up by the fire with stacks of gardening books and magazines and reams of paper to plot springtime projects. In the summer, she reminded readers to not only work the garden but also to take time to smell the roses they planted.

Her columns regularly gave readers much more than advice on what to plant. Fans also appreciated Mahar’s tales of her pets, husband, family, friends and, of course, her gardening partner-in-crime, Doug the Wonder Guy.

“One of the greatest joys of gardening, I’ve found, has nothing to do with plants, design or a feeling of ‘oneness with the earth’ — a phrase that gardeners often grab onto to describe why they love to garden,” Mahar wrote. “I enjoy all these things, but most of all I am thankful for the people one meets through gardening.”

Mahar died of cancer in 2011.

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