The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden (Anglais) Broché – 26 septembre 2012
|Neuf à partir de||Occasion à partir de|
Les clients ayant acheté cet article ont également acheté
Descriptions du produit
Revue de presse
Présentation de l'éditeur
Aucun appareil Kindle n'est requis. Téléchargez l'une des applis Kindle gratuites et commencez à lire les livres Kindle sur votre smartphone, tablette ou ordinateur.
Pour obtenir l'appli gratuite, saisissez votre adresse e-mail ou numéro de téléphone mobile.
Détails sur le produit
Commentaires en ligne
Meilleurs commentaires des clients
Commentaires client les plus utiles sur Amazon.com (beta)
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.
"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.
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.