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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A New Garden of Earthly Delights 19 janvier 2013
Par Owl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it a lot- my largest complaint is that it's too short! 9 mars 2014
Par K. Ostrovska - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I just started gardening two years ago and wanted to read about other people's experiences to understand my obsession more. This book was really great for that. It made it easier for me to understand why and I found great friends in these people who i could relate to so much.I really recommend this book to any gardener and lover of plants.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An inspiration for all obsessed gardeners! 20 juin 2013
Par Carolyn Longwater - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I haven't finished the book but am enjoying savoring a story or two at a time when I'm looking for a little inspiration for my own gardening obsession. The book is filled with the stories of lots of passionate gardeners, some I'm familiar with and some I'm not, and it's wonderful to read about how they got started on their paths. An underlying theme seems to be that great gardeners are born that way. It is an obsession that one just cannot walk away from for long. This is one of those books that I'll go back to many times.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read for anyone who gardens! 9 juin 2013
Par Bev - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Of all the books I have read for, about and by gardeners in my many decades of life, I have never read one that has resonanted with me as this book has done. I carry it with me to every medical appointment and have shared information about it with countless people I have met as I have been reading or carrying it. Wish there was a sequel with thoughts revealed by thirty more great gardeners! Buy this book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Why we garden 29 octobre 2015
Par Florence R. Miner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very interesting to read how thirty great gardeners got interested in gardening. I read with interest, as a fellow gardener, and found some common ground (no pun intended) with many of the writers.
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