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Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. Mark Bartlett, preface.
Publisher Godine  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781567924404
Pages/Publication Date 280/2011
Daedalus Item Code 36324
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(2012 American Horticultural Society Book Award) An utterly charming little tome, with petite color and black and white illustrations tucked in amid the words of Gertrude Jekyll and Reginald Blomfeld, George Sitwell and Edith Wharton, Karel Capek and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Penelope Hobhouse and Michael Pollan, this book of writers in the garden has the timeless quality of a classic. Garden historian Elizabeth Barlow Rogers picks delightful examples from the collection of the New York Society Library spanning the past two centuries, and arranges the writers by what they did and how they saw themselves: as nurserymen, foragers, conversationalists, philosophers, teachers, and even humorists.

"In a book lushly illustrated with watercolors by Childe Hassam, plates from first editions, and photographs, Rogers vividly, wittily, and incisively profiles such narrating horticulture exemplars as Thomas Jefferson; Gertrude Jekyll, for whom 'gardening was horticultural picture making'; William Robinson, who was 'sometimes colorfully caustic'; nurseryman Andrew Jackson Downing; Celia Thaxter, a lighthouse-keeper's daughter and a poet as well as a gardener; the 'urbanely quirky, humorously serious' Katherine S. White; and Michael Pollan, who sees the garden as a middle ground, where nature and culture are both enriched. In all, a vital, delectable, and illuminating retrospective of an essential branch of letters."Booklist

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