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

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A lush collection of essays from the fertile pen of the Horticulture columnist whose work the New York Times called "delectable."Praise for Charles Elliott's The Transplanted Gardener:"Charles Elliott's endlessly curious, wry, and engaging essays dig cheerfully deep into the soil while opening up horizons as broad as the Atlantic."-Pico Iyer"One of the most delightful books of any type I have read all year."-Bill BrysonIn a fresh crop of funny, pungent, and unpredictable essays, American Charles Elliott shifts ...
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A lush collection of essays from the fertile pen of the Horticulture columnist whose work the New York Times called "delectable."Praise for Charles Elliott's The Transplanted Gardener:"Charles Elliott's endlessly curious, wry, and engaging essays dig cheerfully deep into the soil while opening up horizons as broad as the Atlantic."-Pico Iyer"One of the most delightful books of any type I have read all year."-Bill BrysonIn 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 American mania for mulberry trees in the eighteenth century, 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 Père 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. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 228 pages)Charles Elliott is an American editor and writer who now lives and gardens in England. He has written The Transplanted Gardener and A Gap in the Hedge for The Lyons Press as well as editedThe Quotable Gardener, The Quotable Cat Lover, and The Greatest Cat Stories Ever Told.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585745401
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction IX
Personal Considerations
Laid to Lawn 3
Gardening Books 7
Names 13
On Keeping Track 20
Machines 26
Looking Back
An American Tree in London 35
Sex and the Single Strawberry 41
Appleseed's Seedlings 48
"The Most Interesting Plant in North America" 54
The Fever Bark Tree 61
The Chelsea Physic Garden 68
Dr. Ward's Boxes 75
Big Trees 81
The Vegetable Patch 87
Birds in the Garden 93
Tree Peonies 100
The Quaker Axis 107
The Great Mulberry Bubble 113
Modern Times
Good Bugs 123
The Ingurishu Gaaden 129
Allotments 135
Fire or Ice? 142
Boskoop 147
Plantspeople
Cherry Ingram 155
Roy Lancaster 161
Plagiarism and Jacques Wirtz 169
Liberty Hyde Bailey 179
The Raspberry Man 186
Henry Ward Beecher 192
James Logan and His Corncob Lab 198
Pere Delavay 205
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