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An indispensable guide filled with useful information culled from a lifetime of experience. Reading Johnson's delightful book is a Zen-like experience in itself.
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Gardening at the Dragons Gate is fundamental work that permeates your entire life. It demands your energy and heart, and it gives you back great treasures as well, like a fortified sense of humor, an appreciation for paradox, and a huge harvest of Dinosaur kale and tiny red potatoes.

For more than thirty years, Wendy Johnson has been meditating and gardening at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in northern California, where the fields curve like an enormous green dragon between the hills and the ocean. Renowned for its pioneering role in Californias food revolution, Green Gulch provides choice produce to farmers markets and to San Franciscos Greens restaurant. Now Johnson has distilled her lifetime of experience into this extraordinary celebration of inner and outer growth, showing how the garden cultivates the gardener even as she digs beds, heaps up compost, plants flowers and fruit trees, and harvests bushels of organic vegetables.

Johnson is a hands-on, on-her-knees gardener, and she shares with the reader a wealth of practical knowledge and fascinating garden lore. But she is also a lover of the untamed and weedy, and she evokes through her exquisite prose an abiding appreciation for the earth—both cultivated and forever wild—in a book sure to earn a place in the great tradition of American nature writing.

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Johnson and Te Salle deliver a meditative, beautifully illustrated yet profoundly practical book that takes readers deep into the natural world and into a new understanding of the art of gardening.

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Wendy Johnson is one of the founders of the organic Farm and Garden Program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County and now lives with her family in nearby Muir Beach. A Buddhist meditation teacher who is deeply engaged in environmental work nationally, she is an advisEr to the Edible Schoolyard program of the Chez Panisse Foundation and has helped to establish many garden programs in public schools and local communities throughout the Bay Area. Her column, “On Gardening,” has appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review for more than ten years. This is her first book.

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kzmichels, August 21, 2012 (view all comments by kzmichels)
A beautiful, beautiful ode to place-- master gardener Wendy Johnson recounts the natural history and the quirks of the place where she lives, green gulch farm in northern California. But this book is also a manual of how we should all garden, and of The mindset and philosophy necessary for us to learn our place as deeply and thoughtfully as she. With lines like "it is wise to remember that this delicate skin of the earth that we spend our life cultivating will also one day sink down and become a thin stripe in the stacks of time," Wendy gently reminds us of the zen Buddhist Philosophy that undergirds her work, and also of the beauty in the impermanence of gardening and work in the natural world. I highly, joyfully recommend this book to any and all gardeners, farmers, nature lovers, place makers, and eaters.
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Marc L., February 24, 2008 (view all comments by Marc L.)
This book is a wonder and a delight. It's chock full of lyrical wisdom. It is as inspiring, informative and beautifully crafted as any book I've ever read about gardening or meditation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553378030
Author:
Johnson, Wendy
Publisher:
Bantam
Illustrator:
Te Selle, Davis
Subject:
General
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Buddhist
Subject:
General Gardening
Subject:
Gardening-Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.1 x 7.3 x 1.1 in 1.8 lb

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An indispensable guide filled with useful information culled from a lifetime of experience. Reading Johnson's delightful book is a Zen-like experience in itself.

"Synopsis" by , Johnson and Te Salle deliver a meditative, beautifully illustrated yet profoundly practical book that takes readers deep into the natural world and into a new understanding of the art of gardening.
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