The Curious Gardener

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Now for the first time in English, one of the world's best-loved garden writers explores the connections between the life of the garden and the life of the mind. In this omnibus volume that ranges from discussing why gardeners should grow bad-smelling plants to how readers should eat their flowers, Jurgen Dahl identifies curiosity and patience as the gardener's chief virtues. What matters most to Jurgen Dahl is that a garden is not a sterile copy of a picture in a book, or a beautiful "triumph" that lacks all experimentation and wonder. In Jurgen Dahl's garden, things do not "work," but instead they happen -- or maybe they do not. Many things that please, surprise, or disappoint a gardener do so because the garden's living creatures can only rarely be tricked into obeying the gardener's will; in their own quiet but unyielding way, they follow their own laws. Jurgen Dahl's stories are wise and cheerful, and full of thoughts and premonitions, all told with the insatiable curiosity of the true explorer. Time and again, author and reader alike are nourished by the never-ending riches of the garden
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  • ISBN-13: 9780881926576
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Jürgen Dahl (1929–2001) was a bookseller until he sold his bookshop to work as a writer and gardener. Until his death, he worked for WDR, a large German broadcasting station, and Die Zeit, a major weekly magazine. He was the author of nearly a dozen books. For many years, he also edited Crossroads, an annual journal of critical thinking. He received the prestigious Deutscher Journalistenpreis in 1965, the Bruno H. Schubert Environment Prize in 1987 for his work to protect the environment, and the German Horticultural Association's prize for nature education in 1998. Dahl and his wife, Hella, lived on his farm, Lindenhof near Kleve, on the lower Rhine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Publisher's note : an invitation 13
The curious gardener : gardening virtues and botanical surprises 15
The curious gardener 17
Spring 20
Summer 40
Autumn 75
Winter 90
The stinking garden or a fascination with opposites 107
How to eat a lily : the latest news from the garden 139
The gardener as plant hunter 143
Edible botany 150
Things in the garden 165
All over the garden 179
Love, death, and animals 213
Wintry things 224
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