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The Passionate Gardener: Adventures of an Ardent Green Thumbby Des Kennedy
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The passionate gardener is an irreverent exploration of the fierce attachment so many people develop to gardening. With his customary wit and wisdom, Des Kennedy dissects the gardening life, revealing the idiosyncrasies and illusions that underpin the gardener's passion.
In these pages, and with tongue in cheek, Kennedy sets out the Seven Deadly Sins and the Ten Commandments of gardening, and ponders the host of psychopathologies that afflict "plants people," from weather phobias to obsessive-compulsive behavior.
But amidst the follies associated with dysfunctional garden sprayers, bone meal derived from mad cows, and malodorous urine collection schemes, the brilliance of the gardening life shines through, as Kennedy captures the moments of transcendence, even ecstasy, that fuel this insatiable passion.
In this rollicking read, Des Kennedy demonstrates his unerring skill with a satirical pitchfork. The 13 short pieces here roam widely and wildly, examining, among other things, common idiosyncrasies and the collective chaos of garden clubs. The book hilariously ponders the host of psychopathologies that afflict plants people,” from weather phobias and general anxiety disorders to obsessive-compulsive behavior such as the chronic moving of plants. Whether discussing dysfunctional garden sprayers or malodorous urine collection schemes, Kennedy finds both the magic and the madness in one of life's most popular passions.
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