Dear Mr. Jefferson: Letters from a Nantucket Gardener

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Random House Publishing Group, 1999 - Gardening - 224 pages
"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culure of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."
--Thomas Jefferson

An 18th-century statesman, a thoroughly modern gardener, a slightly one-sided correspondence on seeds, soil and the art of living...

For years, novelist Laura Simon had been building a garden around her Nantucket home, nurturing onions from wispy, pungent seedlings, spreading manure in early spring, harvesting in fall.  And with the passage of time, she longed for a correspondent with whom to exchange reflections on seeds and soil, to share her stories and her passion for gardening.  Unable to find such a person, Ms. Simon turned to the works of the eighteenth-century statesman and avid horticulturist Thomas Jefferson.  Thus began an only slightly one-sided correspondence between Ms. Simon and the Monticello gardener himself.  Interweaving her own observations about past and present with selected passages from Jefferson's writings, Simon has crafted a true epistolary adventure, filled with history and humor, a literate guide to gardening--and living a well-cultivated life.

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Dear Mr. Jefferson: letters from a Nantucket gardener by Laura Simon Really enjoyed listeining to how the gardener wrote notes to the president after he left the White House. Every month there was ... Read full review

DEAR MR. JEFFERSON: Letters from a Nantucket Gardener

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Like her garden, Simon's imaginary correspondence with the nation's most illustrious gardener is a beguiling mix of history, whimsy, and practicality. Writing and gardening on Nantucket since 1973 ... Read full review


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Laura Simon has been living, gardening, and writing on Nantucket, year round, since 1973.

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