Bloom and Blossom: A Reader's Guide to Gardening

Bloom and Blossom: A Reader's Guide to Gardening

by Mary Swander
     
 
A cornucopia of early and contemporary American writings unearthing the meaning and wonder of gardening. Poet, scholar, and gardener Mary Swander juxtaposes excerpts from early settlement writing with selections from prominent contemporary voices--such as Alice Walker, Garrison Keillor, Michael Pollan and others--to provide a fresh perspective on the enduring power

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A cornucopia of early and contemporary American writings unearthing the meaning and wonder of gardening. Poet, scholar, and gardener Mary Swander juxtaposes excerpts from early settlement writing with selections from prominent contemporary voices--such as Alice Walker, Garrison Keillor, Michael Pollan and others--to provide a fresh perspective on the enduring power and appeal of coaxing and cultivating vegetables and flowers.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

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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