Farther Afield: A Gardener's Excursions

Farther Afield: A Gardener's Excursions

by Allen Lacy
     
 

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In this splendid collection of short essays, gardener, writer, and professor Allen Lacy takes readers on a series of garden excursions, beginning at home. Lacy writes of his experiences with a variety of plants--evening primrose, prairie gentian, sumac, coreopsis, fuchsias, gloriosa lilies--in his own garden in New Jersey. Then he charts his travels to other

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In this splendid collection of short essays, gardener, writer, and professor Allen Lacy takes readers on a series of garden excursions, beginning at home. Lacy writes of his experiences with a variety of plants--evening primrose, prairie gentian, sumac, coreopsis, fuchsias, gloriosa lilies--in his own garden in New Jersey. Then he charts his travels to other gardens, in the United States, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands. Final essays in Farther Afield include a discussion of garden writing, profiles of other horticulturists, and humorous pieces on cats and houseplants, and, of course, flamingoes.

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“He has book learning and hands-on experience aplenty, but his most powerful teaching took is infectious enthusiasm. ” —Christopher Reed, Horticulture

“Lacy writes with a delightfully wicked sense of humor and an abiding sympathy for the green world and that strange beast, the gardener.” —Jane Pepper, Philadelphia Inquirer

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An author who can describe his own garden as a ``living record of my successive enthusiasms'' will immediately strike a responsive chord in other gardeners. Lacy, gardening columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of Home Ground, is a source of delight to readers interested in plants. In these essays, he takes us to a flower-seed farm in Costa Rica, the oldest American botanical garden, the British headquarters of a major international seed company, allotment gardens in Zurich, ethnic gardens near Miami and a vineyard in southern New Jersey that has survived in suburbia. He takes us into his own garden, too, pointing out his mistakes and failures as well as some favorite plants. Lacy discourses on garden snobbery, petty plant larceny (``finger blight'') and gardening books, and defends the place of annuals in the garden. For both active and armchair gardeners. First serial to American Horticulturist, American Photographer, Connoisseur, Horticulture, Organic Gardening and Garden Design. (May 27)
Library Journal
Many of these delightful essays first appeared in the Wall Street Journal and garden magazines. Lacy ( Home Ground ) is an accomplished writer, a professor of philosophy, whose excursions in gardening provide glimpses of European botanical treasures, a tranquil flower seed farm in Costa Rica, hectic days at Thompson and Morgan, a firm that offers more varieties of seeds of ornamental plants than any other in the world. Lacy writes of his likes and dislikes of specific plants, his admiration for dedicated plantsmen like Peter Raven, devoted to saving the world's tropical forests, and Elwood Fisher, whose passion is preserving heirloom apple varieties. Lacy is both witty and profound. All garderers will find intriguing information here. Other readers, not so devoted to the subject, are sure to enjoy the finely crafted writing. Evelyn G. Callaway, California Native Plant Society, Ridgecrest

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374520632
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/01/1988
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Allen Lacy is professor of philosophy at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the author of numerous books on gardening, including The Garden in Autumn and The Glory of Roses. He lives in Linwood, New Jersey.

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