The Potting-Shed Papers: From Johnny Appleseed's Apples to Sex and the Single Strawberry--Explorations of Gardens and Gardeners

The Potting-Shed Papers: From Johnny Appleseed's Apples to Sex and the Single Strawberry--Explorations of Gardens and Gardeners

by Charles Elliott, Charles Elliott
     
 
In a fresh crop of funny, pungent, and unpredictable essays, American Charles Elliott shifts his gaze beyond his adopted home of Britain, "the world's largest potting shed," to observe the gardens and gardening habits of some of the rest of the world. From the Japanese craze for the Ingurishu Gaaden -- the English Garden -- to the Dutch facility for cultivating myriad

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In a fresh crop of funny, pungent, and unpredictable essays, American Charles Elliott shifts his gaze beyond his adopted home of Britain, "the world's largest potting shed," to observe the gardens and gardening habits of some of the rest of the world. From the Japanese craze for the Ingurishu Gaaden -- the English Garden -- to the Dutch facility for cultivating myriad plant species to the nineteenth-century American mania for mulberry trees, Elliott, with his trademark style and wit, brings life to these episodes in horticultural history. He'll introduce you to great plant hunters such as the intrepid Pere Delavay and great plant planters such as the oddball John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman. He'll take you to places as diverse as Cincinnati, Ohio -- at one time the wine capital of America -- to the jungle-choked gorges and valleys of the eastern flank of the Andes in search of the Fever Bark Tree. No other human pursuit can lead you into as many strange byways of history, science, and art as gardening can, and The Potting-Shed Papers is the perfect guide.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Elliott (an editor and author) includes short essays on garden history, gardeners, gardens, and garden issues. There are many tantalizing tidbits here; one wishes only the essays weren't so brief. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585745401
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.94(d)

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