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Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden (Modern Library Gardening Series)

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Out of print since 1951, Old Herbaceous is a classic of British gardening literature, with a title character as outsized and unforgettable as the butler Jeeves. (The novel was adapted into a much-beloved one-man show performed before the royal family at Windsor Castle in 1979.) Set at the dusk of Victorian England, the story traces the life of Bert Pinnegar, an awkward orphan child, from his inauspicious schoolboy days spent picking wildflowers and dodging angry farmers through his apprenticeship in the world of primroses and tulips with his robust teacher, Mary Brain. Eventually, Pinnegar rises to become the most esteemed flower-show judge in the country and a famed horticultural wizard, capable of producing dazzling April strawberries from the greenhouse anti the exact morning glories his lady spies on the French Riviera, "so blue, so blue it positively hurt."

Sprinkled with nuggets of gardening wisdom, Old Herbaceous is a gardener's tale with appeal even for those who don't know a primula from a pansy.

About the Author

Reginald Arkell (1872-1959) wrote many musical plays for the London theater, the most popular of which was 1066 and All That. He was the author of A Cottage in the Country and the Green Fingers series of garden verse.

Michael Pollan is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Botany of Desire (available from Random House Trade Paperbacks) and Second Nature, named one of the best gardening books of the twentieth century by the American Horticultural Society. He is a contributing editor to Harpers magazine and a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812967388
Subtitle:
A Novel of the Garden
Editor:
Pollan, Michael
Introduction by:
Hobhouse, Penelope
Introduction:
Hobhouse, Penelope
Author:
Arkell, Reginald
Author:
Hobhouse, Penelope
Introduction:
Hobhouse, Penelope
Author:
Pollan, Michael
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
England
Subject:
Aged men
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Gardeners
Subject:
Manors
Subject:
Older men
Subject:
General Gardening
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;gardening
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2003
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Gardening Series
Series Volume:
10194
Publication Date:
20030415
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 LINE DRAWINGS
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.4 in 0.4 lb

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