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Publisher Comments:

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)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

In the writings collected in this book, the stories of gardening unfold in the full palette of color and character, of wild imagination and bone-wearying hard work, of fabulous growth and humbling failure. Filled with wit and warmth and a companionable engagement with the land in all its moods and seasons, this wonderful book will see any start-up gardener or seasoned veteran through the most riotous summer of growth or the coldest winter months of waiting and dreaming about what to plant next. Contributors include contemporary essayists Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature and Botany of Desire, Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip, Jamaica Kincaid, author of My Garden (Book), and Diane Ackerman, author of Cultivating Delight. In addition, renowned gardeners and designers—from Vita Sackville-West and Beverley Nichols to Ann Lovejoy and Tovah Martin—eloquently share their experiences “in the dirt” with humor and passion.

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

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760326572
Author:
Cornell, Kari
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Other:
Cornell, Kari A.
Contribution by:
Ackerman, Diane
Contribution by:
Pollan, Michael
Contribution:
Ackerman, Diane
Contribution:
Pollan, Michael
Subject:
General
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
General Gardening
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Gardening-Writing
Edition Number:
First
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20080315
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 color and 25 b/w photos
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.69 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by ,

In the writings collected in this book, the stories of gardening unfold in the full palette of color and character, of wild imagination and bone-wearying hard work, of fabulous growth and humbling failure. Filled with wit and warmth and a companionable engagement with the land in all its moods and seasons, this wonderful book will see any start-up gardener or seasoned veteran through the most riotous summer of growth or the coldest winter months of waiting and dreaming about what to plant next. Contributors include contemporary essayists Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature and Botany of Desire, Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip, Jamaica Kincaid, author of My Garden (Book), and Diane Ackerman, author of Cultivating Delight. In addition, renowned gardeners and designers—from Vita Sackville-West and Beverley Nichols to Ann Lovejoy and Tovah Martin—eloquently share their experiences “in the dirt” with humor and passion.

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.

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