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Edith Wharton, under the spell of evergreen foliage and stone, celebrates the magic of Italian gardens. Charles Kuralt waits on the bloom of a single daffodil like an expectant father. Gertrude Jekyll, after a month-long drought, praises the coming rain. Allen Tracy rails against hydrangeas.

Here is an engaging group of more than 50 gardening writers — and writing gardeners — reveling in their likes and dislikes, confessing their shortcomings, and sharing their successes and ...

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Overview

Edith Wharton, under the spell of evergreen foliage and stone, celebrates the magic of Italian gardens. Charles Kuralt waits on the bloom of a single daffodil like an expectant father. Gertrude Jekyll, after a month-long drought, praises the coming rain. Allen Tracy rails against hydrangeas.

Here is an engaging group of more than 50 gardening writers — and writing gardeners — reveling in their likes and dislikes, confessing their shortcomings, and sharing their successes and failures. The Writer in the Garden presents a colorful bouquet of prose and poetry from both sides of the Atlantic. With subjects ranging from an old-fashioned rose to ornery weeds, the hazards of rare plant collecting, and the tribulations of inclement weather, The Writer in the Garden brings together an entertaining selection of garden writing from the past 100 years. From Thoreau to Jamaica Kincaid, the writers and gardeners here express the trials and joys of gardening in the country as well as the challenges and rewards of trying to make things grow in the city. But whether a garden is large or small, thriving or failing, every gardener has a story.

Bursting with personality, strong opinions, and bright ideas, The Writer in the Garden is a book to read and enjoy — season after season.

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Editorial Reviews

Nikki Amdur
...[M]arvelous...[Each essay] is a fully realized, sometimes irreverent, meditation. —Entertainment Weekly
Nikki Amdur
...[M]arvelous...[Each essay] is a fully realized, sometimes irreverent, meditation.
Entertainment Weekly
Kirkus Reviews
This delightful collection of garden writings edited by Garmey, a travel, food, and gardening writer, is just what's hoped for in a sampler: each bite is a likely pleasure, with a couple of duds thrown in to forestall complacency.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753154731
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Isis Hardcover Series
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Garden Like a Life 3
The Purpose of a Garden 10
A Shape of Water 12
The Garden 20
My Invisible Garden 23
Gardens of One Colour 28
My Mother's Garden 30
The Garden of Alcinous, from Homer's Odyssey, Book VII 32
Help 37
Gardeners 43
On the Defiance of Gardeners 44
Days Are Different 48
What Is a Garden, Anyway? 56
Sunday in the Garden with Weeds 59
In Search of Plants 68
How the Garden Grows and Grows 70
The Secret of Planting a Garden 74
Collectors 78
"Not a Place to Be Happy In" 80
Down and Dirty 82
Gapers and Crouchers 86
The Unbehooved Gardener 90
from the Introduction to Onward and Upward in the Garden 92
In Search of Style 97
from The Epistle to Burlington 101
Plants Do Not a Garden Make 102
A Question of Design 104
Taste 112
Classical or Romantic? 115
A Gentle Plea for Chaos 122
Artful Disorder 126
Hurrah for Vulgarity 128
Don't Build a Water Garden 132
Italian Garden Magic 133
February 141
The Onset of Spring 143
The Month of May 146
Rain After Drought 148
Summer 150
July 153
The Arrival of Fall 156
October 161
A Fire by Ice 163
A Garden Song 169
Childhood Roses 171
Into the Rose Garden 173
Horse-Chestnut Trees and Roses 180
Thoughts on Thistles 183
June 29-30 186
Hydrangeas? Never! 187
Flowers I Love 190
A Change of Plans 191
The Bean-Field 198
The Day of the Living Dead 201
Cuttings (later) 207
Magenta the Maligned 208
Scent and the Gardener 211
The Changing Rose, the Enduring Cabbage 214
I Remember, I Remember 217
The Feline Touch 221
A Mass of Sooty, Shapeless Slime 223
Dust to Dust: Undertakings in the Garden 227
Time 231
Author Biographies 235
Acknowledgments 247
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