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The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden (Paperback)

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Visiting gardens are also my obsession. For many years Horticulture magazine sponsored an annual lecture series/book signing/multi-author road show of the premier English language gardening authors. These are many of the same authors and the next best thing to being on this tour. You will be digging through seed catalogs and Wikipedia-ing up a storm. A beautiful book to gift and re-read.

— From Carla's Picks


Why do you garden? For fun? Work? Food? The reasons to garden are as unique as the gardener.

The Roots of My Obsession features thirty essays from the most vital voices in gardening, exploring the myriad motives and impulses that cause a person to become a gardener. For some, it's the quest to achieve a personal vision of ultimate beauty; for others, it's a mission to heal the earth, or to grow a perfect peach. The essays are as distinct as their authors, and yet each one is direct, engaging, and from the heart.

For Doug Tallamy, a love of plants is rooted first in a love of animals: "animals with two legs (birds), four legs (box turtles, salamanders, and foxes), six legs (butterflies and beetles), eight legs (spiders), dozens of legs (centipedes), hundreds of legs (millipedes), and even animals with no legs (snakes and pollywogs)." For Rosalind Creasy, it's "not the plant itself; it's how you use it in the garden." And for Sydney Eddison, the reason has changed throughout the years. Now, she "gardens for the moment."

As you read, you may find yourself nodding your head in agreement, or gasping in disbelief. What you're sure to encounter is some of the best writing about the gardener's soul ever to appear. For anyone who cherishes the miracle of bringing forth life from the soil, The Roots of My Obsession is essential inspiration.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781604692716
ISBN-10: 1604692715
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Pages: 162
Language: English