Henry Mitchell on Gardening

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For readers who like gardening (and love the English language), this posthumous collection of Henry Mitchell's Washington Post "Earthman" columns is "equal parts entertainment and shrewd horticultural advice" (Science News). Henry Mitchell is "beloved for his witty, smart, informed, philosophical, wide-ranging and often wickedly humorous columns" (Detroit Free Press).

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Overview

For readers who like gardening (and love the English language), this posthumous collection of Henry Mitchell's Washington Post "Earthman" columns is "equal parts entertainment and shrewd horticultural advice" (Science News). Henry Mitchell is "beloved for his witty, smart, informed, philosophical, wide-ranging and often wickedly humorous columns" (Detroit Free Press).

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Editorial Reviews

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"One of the great voices in garden writing was silenced when Henry Mitchell passed away; thus his legions of fans will undoubtedly be delighted to learn of one last collection of Mitchell's newspaper columns, organized in a month-by-month format. The reader may jump in at appropriate intervals, whether to savor sage advice or simply to ponder the musings of the thoughtful, impassioned gardening savant that was Henry Mitchell. If ever one has battled the odds and tried to grow a less-than-hardy specimen outdoors, how wonderful it will be to feel the special kinship brought about by knowing that Mitchell, too, tested the fates in this way. Maybe waging a battle with cutworms or wanting to crow about raising the most beguiling crocus will be a point of connection; surely there will be many such moments for any gardener fortunate enough to encounter Mitchell's satisfying trove of essays. " Booklist, ALA

"Every gardener has a folly, an imponderable affection, and the prose of Henry Mitchell is mine, if loving prose this well made if foolish at all."—Verlyn Klinkenborg The New York Times

Verlyn Klinkenborg
In this collection "he alludes to this garden in a remarkable variety of tones." —The New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
The late Mitchell, one of America's most noted garden writers, brought wit, humor, and intelligence to the genre. This final collection of his "Earthman" columns, following The Essential Earthman and One Man's Garden, takes us through the gardening year month by month. From the beginning of growing sweet peas in January to the endless tasks of spring to the ever-present challenges of summer gardening and the varied activities of autumn and winter, Mitchell tells his horticultural story in a delightful and informal manner. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries and special collections in horticultural and botanical literature.
— Daniel Kalk, Enfield, Connecticut
Library Journal
The late Mitchell, one of America's most noted garden writers, brought wit, humor, and intelligence to the genre. This final collection of his "Earthman" columns, following The Essential Earthman and One Man's Garden, takes us through the gardening year month by month. From the beginning of growing sweet peas in January to the endless tasks of spring to the ever-present challenges of summer gardening and the varied activities of autumn and winter, Mitchell tells his horticultural story in a delightful and informal manner. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries and special collections in horticultural and botanical literature.
— Daniel Kalk, Enfield, Connecticut
Verlyn Klinkenborg
In this collection, "he alludes to this garden in a remarkable variety of tones."
The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395957677
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 885,922
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen Lacy is professor emeritus of philosophy at Stockton College and the author or editor of ten books on gardening. He was the garden columnist for the WALL STREET JOURNAL for five years and for the NEW YORK TIMES for seven. A native Texan, he lives and gardens in southern New Jersey.

Henry Mitchell, who died in November 1993, was one of America's most beloved garden writers. He was especially famous for his weekly "Earthman" columns in the Washington Post.

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At a time when most garden writing was lethally dull and as impersonal as a committee report, Henry Mitchell was the great exception. He was often funny. He was always passionate, for his loves were many. He was endlessly quotable, whether he was telling his faithful readers that marigolds should be used as sparingly as ultimatums or reminding them that to go from winter to summer you have to pass March.
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