For garden book collectors, good news and bad news. First, the author provides the novice with a planting/growing chart of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and ground coven so simple that one may follow it -- even after the third patio martini. But bad news for the weekend retreaters is the author's cavalier attitude toward pesticides and herbicides. There are ecologically safe products and there are others which snake through the rain troughs knocking off butterflies along with the beetles. And birds don't do well on poisoned beetles. Wallach's list of chemicals needs more careful analysis. Her general tips for the sometime gardener are sensible enough -- she covers all the essentials of soil management, planting, plant selection, design, watering, etc. with offhand ease, although there may be too much joshing for some tastes. So-so.