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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Trying to get inspired by good garden writing. - Goodreads
It's broken up into four sections with an introduction. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed Pollen's storytelling in this book. - Goodreads
Wonderful writing make this paen to gardening a delight - Goodreads
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Pollan's writing style is dense and thoughtful. - Goodreads

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Written twenty-five years ago, much of what this book is about is as true today as it was then because much of it is a history of the garden and gardening. It's also, though, a contemporary study ... Read full review

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I love gardening on so many levels and thought this book would be a good one for spring. While there are definitely interesting parts of the book, overall the book was just okay for me. I liked the ... 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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