Second Nature: A Gardener's Education (Google eBook)

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Grove Press, Dec 1, 2007 - Gardening - 320 pages
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Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the seventy-five greatest books ever written about gardening, "Second Nature" has become a manifesto for rethinking our relationship with nature. With chapter ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn and a dispatch from one man's war with a woodchuck to reflections on the sexual politics of roses, Pollan captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation.
  

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

I loved Botany of Desire but trudged through Second Nature. Not finding Pollan's personal gardening history & musings there upon particularly interesting. I did appreciate his notion, however, of Lawn ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gwendoline Van - Goodreads

It's always interesting to read well-known author's earlier works, so when I stumbled upon Second Nature by Pollan, I was beyond intrigued. Indeed, as an earlier work, it reveals the author's thought ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
TWO GARDENS
7
NATURE ABHORS A GARDEN
37
WHY MOW?
54
COMPOST AND ITS MORAL IMPERATIVES
66
INTO THE ROSE GARDEN
79
WEEDS ARE US
98
GREEN THUMB
117
THE HARVEST
137
PLANTING A TREE
150
THE IDEA OF A GARDEN
176
MADE WILD BY POMPOUS CATALOGS
205
THE GARDEN TOUR
229
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About the author (2007)

Michael Pollan is the author of The Botany of Desire and the prizewinning A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder. In 1991, he received the QPB New Visions prize for Second Nature, which was also chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the seventy-five greatest books ever written about gardening. He is currently the editor of Modern Library's gardening series and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.

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