Bloom and Blossom: A Reader's Guide to Gardening

Bloom and Blossom: A Reader's Guide to Gardening

by Mary Swander
     
 

An invigorating gathering of fiction, poetry, and essays that reveals the powerful appeal of one of America's most enduring passions - gardening. Poet, scholar, and gardener Mary Swander juxtaposes excerpts from early American settlers with nineteenth century classics and the work of prominent twentieth century writers to offer new perspectives on the seductive…  See more details below

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An invigorating gathering of fiction, poetry, and essays that reveals the powerful appeal of one of America's most enduring passions - gardening. Poet, scholar, and gardener Mary Swander juxtaposes excerpts from early American settlers with nineteenth century classics and the work of prominent twentieth century writers to offer new perspectives on the seductive pleasure of coaxing flowers, fruits, and vegetables from the earth. Scratch a gardener and underneath you're likely to find an individual whose love of plants was instilled at an early age, often by a beloved figure from childhood. Somehow the act of planting and harvesting connects us to the past and nourishes our sense of self, even as it gives us a better sense of our place in the natural world. How is this so? What can we learn from the past, from our Native American predecessors - and what new ideas can we bring to the future of working the land? What can we do to preserve the uncultivated wilderness? In a collection as fresh and vital as the subject it investigates, Bloom & Blossom delves into the emotional, social, and ecological implications of our passion for nurturing the fruits of the earth.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
One of the things gardeners like best to do, when they can't actually go and dig in the dirt, is to read about how other gardeners feel about gardening. Gathered by a poet, scholar, and gardener, this collection of writings satisfies that urge with a medley of essays, poetry, and fiction largely by 20th-century writers but leavened with a few historical offerings. The four sections each have a theme: the connection between garden and family, seeds, the garden in the natural world, and the garden in history and society. The selections themselves range from Jane Smiley's tale of a family who have gone "back to the land," to a historical piece on Soviet scientists who starved in the siege of Stalingrad rather than eat the seeds they were trusted to guard, to Catherine Sneed on her work with prisoners and gardens. Readers won't learn any techniques in this volume but will find an affirmation of the emotional benefits of working the soil. For collections where gardening essays are popular.Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.

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ISBN-13:
9780880015653
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.84(d)

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