A Gentle Plea for Chaos: Reissued

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Bloomsbury USA, Oct 11, 2011 - Gardening - 192 pages
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In this book the author describes the way her garden evolved and how, without meaning to do so, she let it take over her life. She suggests moving away from planning, regimentation and gardening with the mentality of a stamp-collector. Frequently funny and always stimulating, she writes of the alchemy of gardens, of the 19th-century plant-collectors and plant illustrators and of the gardening philosophers, all fertilizing great thoughts along with their hollyhocks.   

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

I have read Michael Pollan's comment that when this book was first published in 1989, it blew fresh air into the stuffy precincts of English garden writing. (The re-issuance was apparently timed to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Graham S - Goodreads

A rambling book like her roses. Often nicely constructed prose, but I just didn't see the point of the book. She's very opinionated and just a little smug leading to my not really expecting to like ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Mirabel Osler won the 1988 Sinclair Consumer Press Garden Writer of the Year Award. She lives in England.

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