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.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.94(d)|