An Amish Garden: A Year in the Life of a Amish Garden

An Amish Garden: A Year in the Life of a Amish Garden

by Laura A. Lapp
     
 

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Gorgeous photographs illustrate an Amish woman's diary of six working Amish gardens, from January through December. This close-up of a world seldom seen shows how the seasons and Amish life work rhythmically together.

An Amish Garden: A Year in the Life of an Amish Garden takes you to six working Amish gardens, from January through December. Matchless

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Gorgeous photographs illustrate an Amish woman's diary of six working Amish gardens, from January through December. This close-up of a world seldom seen shows how the seasons and Amish life work rhythmically together.

An Amish Garden: A Year in the Life of an Amish Garden takes you to six working Amish gardens, from January through December. Matchless photos show the garden asleep, the Amish women putting together their orders for seeds, the preparation of the soil, parents and children planting, the emerging plants, the lush harvest, the food being preserved.

This close-up of a world seldom seen shows how the seasons and Amish life work rhythmically together. Laura Anne Lapp lives with her husband and three young sons in a tucked-away valley. Gardening is simply the highpoint of her year. Step apart and enter this pastoral world of hard work, sturdy families, the freshest of flowers and produce, all in harmony with the seasons.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Amish gardener Lapp offers an intimate journal of a year of gardening, cooking, family life, and friendships in the small, rural valley in Pennsylvania where she lives. She begins in January, with the study of catalogues. She chronicles the hope-filled days of spring planting with her sons, and long summer days follow, filled with tending plants, harvesting the vegetable garden’s bounty, and working in the garden as the last light fades. Gardeners will be amused by her familiar tales of the Sisyphean efforts required to water and weed, and to coax reluctant crops to grow. The gardener’s life is always one of hope, struggle, and resignation, but ultimately, satisfaction. Jeremy Hess’s photographs beautifully evoke the pleasures of the changing seasons, ripening crops, and sweet moments of family life, allowing readers to step into this world for a few moments. Color photographs. (May)
Library Journal
This is a book about what it's like to enjoy having a big garden and performing the associated seasonal tasks. Though written by an Amish woman, details about the Amish are not of uppermost importance here. A former teacher, Lapp merely intended to write about life with a garden; she successfully teaches readers that Amish gardeners are a lot like gardeners everywhere: overly ambitious, optimistic, nostalgic for better growing seasons, and satisfied when something ordinary becomes something beautiful. Her high-spiritedness, curiosity, and humor are evident in anecdotes beginning with January, when she ponders seed ordering. Readers will relate to Lapp's enthusiasm for spring, marvel at her patience working with three small sons, and empathize with her envy of friends' gardens. Though partial to flowerbeds, she writes primarily of her kitchen garden and of her work preserving its harvest. Liberally illustrated with photos of six gardens and gardeners, the book is not a detailed handbook of techniques but an honest account of a gardener's year with its successes and failures. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy gardening memoirs as well as those who will enjoy the hints of Amish daily life beyond gardening.—Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee, WI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561487929
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
919,746
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Laura Anne Lapp, a member of the Amish church, lives with her husband and three young sons in a tucked-away valley in central Pennsylvania. Before her marriage, she was a teacher in an Amish school for eight years. Gardening is the highpoint of Laura Anne Lapp’s year. In this book, she writes about a year in the life of her own garden and features, in addition, the gardens of five of her Amish relatives and neighbors.

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