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The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden (Anglais) Broché – 26 septembre 2012

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The Roots of My Obsession, edited by Thomas C Cooper, invites 30 great gardeners, including Penelope Hobhouse, Roy Lancaster and Anna Pavord, to reveal why they garden. It is a fascinating read, and I was relieved to see that some of the contributors freely admit to being stumped by the question. It is one that all gardeners contemplate from time to time, generally while grappling with a particularly unwieldy and thorny climbing rose... --Rachel de Thame- The Sunday Times

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This collection of enlightening essays attempts to explain the enduring appeal of this most frustrating of hobbies! Gardening is an obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged. This book features thirty of the best-known and most important voices in the international gardening world. Includes essays from: Fergus Garrett, Helen Dillon, Roy Lancaster, Penelope Hobhouse, and Anna Pavord, among others. It is the perfect gift for gardeners and long-suffering families and friends!

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Passionnant de lire comment peut naître une passion pour le jardinage et les jardins. Mon seul regret est que le livre ne fasse pas le double de pages. Cela donne envie de lire plus de livre des auteurs qui ont contribué à ce livre.
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HASH(0x913f5a98) étoiles sur 5 Quirky, amusing wintertime reading for gardeners 30 décembre 2012
Par Gen of North Coast Gardening - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This pithy little book makes for great winter reading. It's a series of essays, each about five pages long, by 30 different gardeners talking about the pivotal moment where they became a real gardener. While I'm sitting indoors this January getting twitchy from wanting to prune and transplant and weed, it's a wonderful thing to be able to revel in that passion by reading about other people's love affair with gardening.

Tovah Martin starts her essay by saying, "To set the record straight, I don't garden of my own free will. I am held hostage. Always have been."

From Margaret Roach: "It is no wonder so much of gardening is done on one's knees: the practice of horticulture is a wildly humbling way to pass the days on earth. Even the root of the word "humility" comes from the Latin humus (for "earth" or "ground"). . . Humbled or no, "gardener" was the label imprinted on me when souls were handed out."

Then, Amy Stewart makes the point that gardening is a verb, not a noun. "A garden is not a thing you can buy or own or ever possibly finish. No, "garden" is something you do. It's an active, fidgety sort of pastime, another way of jingling the loose change in your pocket, except that the pocket happens to be your backyard, and the change is a hellebore, or a cherry tree."

Good stuff, yes? If this book sounds like your kind of thing, then you will almost certainly like it. It's exactly as it is billed. The authors are quirky, spirited, and a lot of fun to spend time with, and the book itself is presented in an attractive paperback format with a little cover flap that makes it look a little extra-special for gift-giving.
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HASH(0x90f4e120) étoiles sur 5 A Pleasure 8 octobre 2012
Par M. E. F. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Ordered for a friend who is avid gardener. Read it to see how it was & enjoyed it a great deal. Short, interesting chapters
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HASH(0x90f17090) étoiles sur 5 Gardeners write about what inspires them 25 octobre 2012
Par Phillip O. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Thirty gardeners write about what (or who) inspires them and how they became devoted to gardening. Each essay is about 5-6 pages long. I bought this for my Kindle and enjoyed it very much. The writers include: Tony Avent, Thomas Christopher, Rosalind Creasy, William Cullina, Rick Darke, Page Dickey, Helen Dillon, Ken Druse, Sydney Eddison, Fergus Garrett, Nancy Goodwin, Susan Heeger, Daniel Hinkley, Thomas Hobbs, Penelope Hobhouse, Panayoti Kelaidis, Roy Lancaster, Tovah Martin, Julie Moir Messervy, Stephen Orr, Anna Pavord, Anne Raver, Margaret Roach, Marty Ross, Claire Sawyers, Amy Stewart, Roger Swain, Douglas Tallamy, Richard Turner and David Wheeler.
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HASH(0x90f4ea74) étoiles sur 5 A New Garden of Earthly Delights 19 janvier 2013
Par Owl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This charming little book offers a new vista in our gardens of earthly delights. Here Hieronymous Bosch might have painted 30 figures--well more, if he included such splendid family members as Fergus Garrett's Turkish grandmother whose flowers "were her great love and joy" or Panayoti Kelaidis's rock-garden besotted brother-in-law, Allan.

"The Roots of My Obsession" began when editor Thomas C. Cooper invited some well-known garden writers to reflect on "Why do you garden?" Whatever the original number so invited may have been, he obtained brief (5 to 6 page, probably as long as requested) replies from 30 gardeners.

Some are legendary figures such as the venerable Penelope Hobhouse and the greatly admired Margaret Roach. All are suitably obsessed, some to that point described by the late, great Henry Mitchell, garden writer for the Washington Post, of the understandable madness of a friend who planted hundreds of packages of seeds for a narrow city garden. Mitchell's essays are available elsewhere but the obsessions here are as he described.

Every one of these 30 gardeners writes splendidly, in a unique voice, and every one of them has a fascinating story to tell. One expects such prowess with words as well as plants from the likes, say, of Amy Stewart whose "Wicked Bugs" is a gardening best seller and who has written five books and appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows, or from Stephen Orr, editorial director for gardening of Martha Stewart Living, whose essay "The Flower Thief" may have you LOL.

That is, these are professionals and it shows!

Most of the writers interpreted "Why do you garden?" as "How did you get so involved to begin with?"--that is, the origins of their vegetable love. Others interpreted the question as "Why do you NOW carry on with such intensive, passionate gardening?" This gives us a happy dialog of past and present, perhaps a felix culpa that the editor wisely let stand. None-the-less, all the essays live up to the book's title, the ROOTS of their obsession.

Among the joys of this book that will while away some happy hours when the readers can not be out in their own gardens are

--meeting with a surprising intimacy so many different gardeners compared to a book by a single author

--this is about GARDENS not farms not forests but gardens

--having a common starting place gives a coherence beyond the pleasant but quite different effect of excerpts from the published writings of various gardeners

--the intelligence of the editing and sequencing of the essays

--the space blessedly is taken up by the stories rather than a few paragraphs between photos although picture books of splendid gardens have their joys too

--while in no way a how-to book, there are fruits & blossoms of useful insights and advice in every essay.

--the excellent value, an affordable gift to yourself and to your gardening friends

Among the garden of books about "How do you garden," what delight to have one about the "Whys" of their obsessions in which we gardeners may recognize the roots of some of our own. I just ordered four more copies for friends.
HASH(0x913f7b40) étoiles sur 5 A Concert of Master Gardeners, Each With Their Own Moving Solo 17 janvier 2015
Par allanbecker-gardenguru - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The Roots of my Obsession, Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden, edited by Thomas Cooper, Timber Press.
Under the stewardship of Thomas Cooper, innovative Timber Press collected first hand experiences of distinguished gardeners from around the globe and encapsulated them into a little book whose size belies the grandeur of its contents.
Do not be misled by the title. This is not a collection of cobbled - together, self-congratulatory paeans to horticulture. Instead, consider it a jewelry box filled with personal sketches that touch the heart of those that open its cover. Mr. Cooper himself has written a sublimely crafted introduction that represents garden writing at its best.
Imagine your favorite musicians. Then, think what a concert would sound like if they all assembled to perform at a command performance. Now, envisage this publication; for that's what this is: - a concert of master gardeners, each with their own moving solo.
The publishers solicited thirty personal recollections from some of the world's most prominent horticultural voices to find out what motivated them. It is not a coincidence that they are all, in their own right, superb garden writers. Only the splendor of their professional accomplishments surpasses the beautiful skills of communication they display here.

Some of the participants in this book submitted short essays, others have written a short narrative. A large number connect the dots of gardening back to pleasurable childhood experiences. Regardless of the kind of horticultural journey they traveled, all share a love for this passionate hobby.
With a variety of thirty different personal experiences to discover, readers who garden will find themselves reflected in the pages of this book. Those who are considering entering the field, for recreation or vocation, will be even more inspired to do so. As for the already committed, it will feel good to learn about others who are very much like us. Welcome to the personally - rewarding universe of gardening.
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