Passalong Plants

Passalong Plants

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by Steve Bender, Felder Rushing
     
 

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Passalong Plants

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From the Publisher
The perfect marriage of two noble traditions: southern storytelling and a gardener's love for sharing plants.

American Horticulturist

Each plant in Passalong Plants is accurately described in the intimate language of front porch talk.

New York Times Book Review

This book will 'passalong' among friends faster than weeds sprout.

Fine Gardening

An entertaining and insightful ode to the fragrance, color, and history of old-fashioned plants and the people who love them.

Southern Living

Rushing and Bender are storytellers in the great Southern tradition, and expert gardeners, too.

Horticulture

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What's a passalong plant? Something not always easily come by in garden stores, catalogues, and horticultural centers, and instead passed along by one aficionado to another, sometimes over the fence dividing lawns, beds, or yards. Declare the coauthors, ``To a gardener all other gardeners are friends,'' and if true, this is fortunate, as Bender and Rushing, both Southerners, survey the field for passalongs in their region, and come up with stories to keep their information company: the butterfly bush, for instance, was discovered by a missionary and a reverend, and zinnias have also been known as ``old maids.'' This compendium is designed with clarity in mind and illustrated with small but precise color photographs. Headings are cute to a fault, however, and seem to get worse as the pages turn: ``Holy Satisfactory,'' for example, is followed by ``Wherefore Art Thou Deutzia?'' Also provided is advice on how to get all the passing-along begun. First serial to Countryside. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Two established authors and gardeners reintroduce plants that gardeners pass along to one another but that are hard to find in commercial outlets. While the focus is on the South, where the authors have firsthand knowledge, Northern gardeners will still find this book useful as many of the plants are hardy. Writing in a humorous, casual style, Bender and Rushing describe 117 ``passalong'' plants, including trees, shrubs, vines, annuals, and perennials, as well as plants that are fragrant, invasive, weird, or garish. They devote a page or two to each plant, giving history, propagation, their personal experience, and--briefly--size, hardiness, origin, light and soil needs, and mail-order sources. About every third plant has a photo, but many lesser-known plants are not illustrated. The humor ranges from heavy-handed to hilarious, as in the tongue-in-cheek chapter on kitsch as garden art. Useful in large gardening collections, especially in the South.-- Sharon Levin, Univ. of Vermont Lib., Burlington

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807844182
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/30/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
1,246,717
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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From the Publisher
The perfect marriage of two noble traditions: southern storytelling and a gardener's love for sharing plants.--American Horticulturist

All readers who appreciate fertile ground wherever they find it will be hard-pressed not to laugh out loud as Bender and Rushing hold forth. Be sure to scribe your name in your copy as soon as you get it, because this book will 'passalong' among friends faster than weeds sprout.--Fine Gardening

Each plant in Passalong Plants is accurately described in the intimate language of front porch talk, and the authors always tell you how to grow it--whether by seed or cutting or division.--New York Times Book Review

You can define Passalong Plants with one word: fun. . . . This book is worth passing along to those people close to you.--Southern Living

A compendium of backyard wisdom and sound horticultural advice--liberally sprinkled with down-home humor--that should inspire gardeners everywhere to embrace this botanical form of hospitality.--Mid-Atlantic Country

An entertaining and insightful ode to the fragrance, color, and history of old-fashioned plants and the people who love them. . . . The authors' writing ranges from reflective to laugh-out-loud funny, making this book an enjoyable, easy read. Once you've picked it up, you'll want to pass it along to you favorite gardener.--Southern Living

Rushing and Bender are storytellers in the great Southern tradition, and expert gardeners, too. Best of all, they are wonderfully amusing companions for the trip on which they invite us: a tour of traditional Southern garden plants.--Horticulture

The heart of southern gardening is not in its great plantations, but in the small-to-middle-sized yards of working people. And its soul is not in the fancy plants sold by mass marketers, but in traditional plants, passed along from mothers to daughters and friends to friends. Bender and Rushing breathe life, love, and joy into that fundamental truth, while having a ball with its eccentricities and idiosyncrasies.--Jim Wilson, co-host of 'The Victory Garden'

A nostalgic, sweetly evocative book about real people who garden below the Mason-Dixon line, and of the friendships that blossom among folks who share flowers.--San Francisco Examiner

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Meet the Author

Steve Bender is a senior writer for Southern Living and a contributor to several books on southern gardening. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Felder Rushing is a seventh-generation Mississippi gardener, an author and columnist, and host of radio and television gardening programs. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

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