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The Gardener's Bedside Readerby Kari Cornell
Synopses & Reviews
Set down that trowel, pull off those well-worn garden gloves, kick up your feet, and grab a copy of The Gardener’s Bedside Reader, a lavish and entertaining look at gardening through the ages.
This collection of stories and essays, illustrated with vintage advertisements, gardening memorabilia, botanical drawings, and stunning color photography, is sure to inspire everyone from the beginning gardener to the most seasoned gardening veteran.
Step into gardens of celebrated authors and renowned gardeners such as Michael Pollan, Jamaica Kincaid, Diane Ackerman, Susan Orlean, Beverley Nichols, Ann Lovejoy, Tovah Martin, Wayne Winterrowd, Joe Eck, Dan Hinkley, Anna Pavord, and Suzy Bales as they share their experiences “in the dirt” with humor and passion. Whether exploring personal and spiritual connections or reflecting on the art of the flower, reviewing the trials and joys of designing one’s own garden space or reminiscing on past gardens visited and loved, the story they tell is universal and poignant.
Sumptuous illustrations, from the brilliant colors of modern photography by Jerry Harpur, Richard Brown, and Jane Booth, to the subtleties of botanical illustrations and the vintage artwork featured in garden catalogs and on seed packets, accompany the text.
The Gardener’s Bedside Reader promises a little something for every gardener.
Book News Annotation:
Cornell found collecting these two dozen odes to gardening-- even The Delights of Weeding--to be like choosing plants for her garden. Readings range from classics, e.g., excerpts from Beverley Nichols' Down the Garden Path (1932) and Vita Sackville-West's In Your Garden (1948), to recent reflections by Michael Pollan (The Botany of Desire), Ann Lovejoy (Slug Boots: The Northwest's Answer to Pesticides), and Susan Orleans (Orchid Fever). Illustrations include vintage seed catalogs, botanical drawings, and photographs. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Writers from Michael Pollan and Jamaica Kincaid to Vita Sackville-West and Tovah Martin share gardening lore and irresistible tales in this lavishly illustrated collection.
Set down that trowel, pull off those garden gloves, kick up your feet, and grab a copy of The Gardener’s Bedside Reader. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirt on the pages as you read stories from your favorite writers at your garden bench. Or turn to this book for inspiration before going to sleep at night during the darkest, coldest days of winter.
Step into the gardens of celebrated authors and renowned gardeners such as Michael Pollan, who reveals his torrid love affair with old roses, join Beverley Nichols as he restores his faded cottage garden at Glatton to its original splendor, and laugh as Ann Lovejoy sings the praises of her new, red “Slug Boots.” Jamaica Kincaid, Diane Ackerman, Susan Orlean, Tovah Martin, Wayne Winterrowd, Joe Eck, Dan Hinkley, Anna Pavord, and Suzy Bales also share their experiences “in the dirt” with humor and passion.
Illustrated with vintage advertisements, gardening memorabilia, lovely botanical drawings, and stunning color photography, The Gardener’s Bedside Reader is sure to inspire everyone from the beginning gardener to the most seasoned gardening veteran.
Botanical drawings, beautifully illustrated vintage seed catalogs, postcards, and photography by world-renowned gardening photographers Jerry Harpur, Jane Booth, and Richard Brown accompany the text.
About the Author
Kari Cornell is an avid gardener who has been editing books for the past ten years on a broad range of subjects including gardening, knitting, quilting, and cooking. She lives and gardens in Minneapolis with her husband Brian, two sons, and dog Jack.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Perfect Garden
Arcadia by Dan Hinkley
The Garden I Have in My Mind by Jamaica Kincaid
How Does Your Garden Grow? Any Way You Choose by Henry Mitchell
In Your Garden, Excerpt from February 1948 by Vita Sackville-West
Chapter 2: The Nitty-gritty
Slug Boots by Ann Lovejoy
The Delights of Weeding by Suzy Bales
Growing Regret by Dan Hinkley
The Vine by Sigrid Arnott
Among Heirlooms, Tread Lightly by Laura Billings
Chapter 3: Gardens of Lore
Tasha Tudor: Springs Eternal by Tovah Martin
The Visitors by Joe Eck
Down the Garden Path by Beverley Nichols
Chapter 4: Vegetable Heaven
The $64 Tomato by William Alexander
Vegetables Again by Lee May
Gardening in the Supermarket by Wayne Winterrowd
Chapter 5: Ode to a Flower
Into the Rose Garden by Michael Pollan
The Tulip by Anna Pavord
Daylilies by Sydney Eddison
Cultivating Delight by Diane Ackerman
Chapter 6: On the Mend in the Garden
A Garden Cultivates Pure Joy by Dayle Allen Shockley
In Grammy’s Garden by Lela Nargi
Ashes to Ashes by Domenica Di Piazza
Listening to My Garden by Kathie Bailey
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