A Garden Book for English Majors

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Laurie of Prairie Tide and I have a similar opinion of gardening books:

To learn more about gardening, I’m hungry for good gardening books. I bring home stacks of books from the library, and whenever I visit a bookstore, I browse past the garden section to see what’s new. I crave garden books with good writing, detailed directions, and passion. Garden writing, though, can pretty bland. I’m amazed how many books out there offer the same tired advice.

The Literary Garden book coverConsequently, when she called
The Literary Garden a garden tour in a book and “a keeper,” I sat up and took notice. It’s sitting in the discount section of her local Barnes & Noble. Hmmm. Maybe it’s also in Edward Hamilton. Maybe I’ll just put it on my wishlist. What other gardening books of your acquaintance have “good writing, detailed directions, and passion”? Most of the time, I’ll settle for two out of three.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Judy Miller June 5, 2005, 10:19 pm

Thoreau’s ‘Faith in a Seed’ and ‘Wild Fruits’ are wonderful. They are not so much advice (though Pollan isn’t either, he’s projection) as lyrical and thought provoking. The sort of books you hate to return to the library.

Laurie June 5, 2005, 12:40 pm

Michael Pollan is a fine writer who has taken up his pen to write about his garden from time to time. I especially like his “Botany of Desire” and “Second Nature”.

bill June 4, 2005, 2:44 pm

I particularly enjoy the writing of Scott Ogden. “Garden Bulbs for the South” and “The Moonlit Garden” are special favorites of mine. He gardens in Central Texas so I don’t know how much he would be appreciated by a gardener from a colder clime.