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More Writers in the Garden: An Anthology

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The Writer in the Garden, an anthology of garden writing culled from essays, fiction, poetry, journalism, diaries, and letters, won a bouquet of rave reviews:

"Enchanting and unusual...a spoken word celebration of flowers, earth and growing things."   -USA Today

"Engrossing and inspiring."   -House & Garden

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The Writer in the Garden, an anthology of garden writing culled from essays, fiction, poetry, journalism, diaries, and letters, won a bouquet of rave reviews:

"Enchanting and unusual...a spoken word celebration of flowers, earth and growing things."   -USA Today

"Engrossing and inspiring."   -House & Garden

"Spellbinding."   -Victoria

"A great way to become familiar with old and new classics while driving to work or on a long trip, or working in the garden."   -National Gardening

"As a gift for a gardener there's nothing better."   -Christian Science Monitor

Listeners who loved The Writer in the Garden will be delighted by More Writers in the Garden. In the tradition of the first collection, it's a potpourri of philosophical meanderings, passionate observations, and practical advice for the armchair gardener.

With selections carefully chosen from both sides of the Atlantic, this anthology pays homage to the great garden writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries while, at the same time, introducing the listener to some of the most original voices of today's generation of garden writers. 2 cassettes.

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Victoria
If you close your eyes and listen to these two spellbinding cassettes, you'll soon be walking down "paths of old brick" in Vita Sackville-West's famous green, gray, and white garden. Or touring Oxford Gardens, "the fairest things in England" with Henry James. This [HighBridge] audio anthology presents some 40 pieces of writing: the poetry and prose of fine writers of this century past. Effortlessly you'll ramble through floral borders and formal herb gardens, old-fashioned kitchen gardens, town gardens, country gardens...Two more of note, Gertrude Jekyll's thoughts on the benevolence of a rainfall and the redoubtable Edith Wharton's instructions on the correct way to landscape an Italian villa. ( April 1997 )
Newsday
That's part of the [HighBridge] tape's charm you feel the writers themselves are there with you. They're just talking to you as if it were a conversation among friends. ( December 29, 1996 )
USA Today
As their youth recedes many baby boomers find that a passion for gardening and books replaces a lust for firm bodies and smoky bars. This enchanting and unusual audio tape [HighBridge] offers up a spoken word celebration of flowers, earth and growing things....Some [passages] are funny, some are poignant, some are utterly hilarious. Even those that dream of paving over their backyards will enjoy this lovely audio. ( January 17, 1997 )
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Winner of the Earphones Award. No gardener should miss this [HighBridge} audio program. It can welcome spring, relax a weary back, brighten a dreary day and inspire plenty of garden projectsboth real and imagined. Drawn from essays, poetry and letters in a creative array of sources, the program defines the spirit of gardening. There's not just one viewwe have selections from several respected garden writers....The gardens too have great variety: gardens to be viewed, gardens to be dug in, gardens to inspire, English gardens, Southern gardens, Frances Hodgson Burnett's secret garden and Homer's garden of King Alcinous. Each piece seems to have a personality of its ownreflective, imperious, funny or impassioned. The six narrators who present these wonderful selections are each perfectly cast to the pieces they read....As a gift for a gardener there could be nothing better. ( June 1997 )
HortIdeas
This is the first-ever audio book [brought to you by HighBridge Audio] anthology of garden writing. Nearly four dozen works (some excerpted) ranging from the classical to the contemporary, including essays, poems, fiction, memoirs, and, yes, even some practical advice, are beautifully evoked by six excellent readers....Lovely! ( January 1997 )
The Christian Science Monitor
In this season of seed catalogues and garden dreams, The Writer in the Garden is a pleasure. More than the 40 plus poems, excerpts, and short essays, the program defines the spirit of gardening. There's not just one view, we have selections from several respected garden writers...and authors know for their descriptions of, if not their interest in, gardens....Each piece seems to have a personality of its ownreflective, imperious, funny or impassioned. The six narrators who present these wonderful selections are each perfectly cast to the pieces they read....Listening to the program should be an annual event, an inspiration to a new season of gardening. As a gift for a gardener there's nothing better [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. ( February 27, 1997 )
Garden Writers Association of America
Winner of the Quill & Trowel Award of Excellence for Best Electronic Media Production of 1997. ( 1998 )
Garden Gate
Most of us pledge to read more, never knowing exactly when this will happen. And we're not usually willing to give up time in the garden. The Writer in the Garden allows you to immerse yourself in the garden classics while weeding the vegetables and deheading the perennials....This two-cassette is a compendium of writings by 44 authors....We found ourselves nodding in agreement with Mirabel Osler's depiction of the gardeners' battle of the sexes in "A Gentle Plea for Chaos."...And we laughed out loud at Dean Hole's comments on "The Purpose of a Garden." [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. ( April 1997 )
Library Journal
One doesn't have to be a gardener to appreciate this excellent collection of poetry, fiction, essays, and letters about gardening. Because most selections explore the authors' emotional reactions to their gardens, the collection has as much to say about human nature as the natural world. Many authors describe the joys and heartbreaks of gardening and most would agree with Janice Emily Bowers, who states that a "garden is like a life." In fact, flowers are given human characteristics by many of the 44 authors in this collection. One of the best essays, "Into the Rose Garden" by Michael Pollan, debates whether roses are social beings best described in Marxist terms, or sexual beings best described in Freudian terms. Patricia Thorpe's "The Day of the Living Dead" makes a case for "horticultural euthanasia" for those poor plants that don't want to live but just can't die. The fine performances of the five narrators add much to this splendid production. Highly recommended.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565112797
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged selections; 3 hours
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

JANE GARMEY is an independent television and audio producer and the author of Great British Cooking: A Well-Kept Secret and Great New British Cooking. She has published articles in various publications including The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Garden Design. Her audio book, also titled The Writer in the Garden, won a 1998 Quill and Trowel Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    A Wonderful Collection of Brilliant Garden Writing.

    The Writer in the Garden, edited cleverly by Jane Garmey, is a terrific little book. It is an attractive book too, the cover is pleasing, the type good, the actual materials of the book itself are well-made, pleasing to hold in your hand. This book would appeal the most to two sorts of folks I'd think. One, those who are die-hard gardeners, who just love to garden, who actually do garden. And two, the book would appeal to those who appreciate extra fine writing. I noticed long ago that for some reason, some of the very finest writing I see in non-fiction is about fishing, boxing, and gardening. Somehow these topics appeal to many who write especially well. This book is packed with work from the best in the field. The Writer in the Garden is thought provoking, exploring why we garden, why we care so passionately about it. I am a garden writer myself (Allergy-free Gardening, Safe Sex in the Garden, etc.) and I think that all garden writers themselves would do well to read this book, to see how the masters write, to elevate our own prose. This is a top notch book with much to recommend it. I expect too it would make a beautiful present for that person who already has everything he or she needs, and who loves to garden and read.

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