Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden

Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden

by Diane Ackerman


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Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden by Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman delights in her garden through all the seasons. Whether she is deadheading flowers or glorying in the profusion of roses, offering sugarwater to a hummingbird or studying the slug, she welcomes the unexpected drama and extravagance a swell as the sanctuary it offers.

Her garden nourishes its creator who imaginatively returns the favor, and seizes privileged moments to leap from science and metaphor to meditation on the human condition. Written in sensuous, lyrical prose, Cultivating Delight is a hymn to nature and the pleasure we take in it.

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ISBN-13: 9780060505363
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 812,744
Product dimensions: 7.92(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of many highly acclaimed works of nonfiction, including A Natural History of the Senses — a book beloved by readers all over the worldand the volumes Deep Play, A Slender Thread, The Rarest of the Rare, A Natural History of Love, The Moon by Whale Light, and a memoir on flying, On Extended Wings.

Her poetry has been collected into six volumes, among them Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems and, most recently, Praise My Destroyer.

Ms. Ackerman has received many prizes and awards, including the John Burroughs Nature Award and the Lavan Poetry Prize. A Visiting Professor at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, she was the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor at the University of Richmond. Ms. Ackerman also has the unusual distinction of having had a molecule named after her — dianeackerone. She lives in upstate New York.

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