I have been re-reading People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening by Robin Chotzinoff for the Garden Bloggers Book Club. Just like last time, I am amazed by her ability to ferret these eccentric gardeners out, and in awe of her willingness to drive hundreds of miles to talk to total strangers, some of whom are very weird.
This time I am a little more familiar with some of the gardeners she visits. I’ve actually grown seeds from Renee Shepherd’s company and read articles by Lucy Hardiman. And I almost met Robin herself at the Garden Bloggers’ Spring Fling. Almost. She was there, but we didn’t cross paths.
Because it is a collection of only loosely connected vignettes, this is a great book to read when you need to pass time with plenty of interruptions: airline layovers, hospital waiting rooms, maybe even the beach. Each little story is amusing or thought-provoking, or both, but you don’t have to remember the plot or the cast of characters, as they often change several times within a chapter.
Be prepared for a trip down memory lane, a spark of inspiration, or just the comforting thought that there are other people out there just as crazy about gardening as you. And maybe even weirder.