Garden Lunacy: A Growing Concern

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AAB Book Pub., 2005 - Gardening - 246 pages
Garden Lunacy: A Growing Concern is a garden book unlike any you've ever read: It's not about plants, it's not about gardens, and it's not about how to garden. It's a hysterical book about gardeners… especially the loony one Art Wolk's book is an irreverent take on the world of horticulture. You'll laugh out loud as he exposes the difficult co-existence between gardeners and non-gardeners, and unearths the foibles, fears, joys, and calamities common to all tillers of the soil.Garden Lunacy contains countless examples of the unique ways in which gardeners view their universe: You often see plants first and humans last. You refuse to go on vacation during the planting season. You view a field of wildflowers as the center of the cosmos, while non-gardeners view it as the middle of nowhere. You see a deer as a bona fide backyard terrorist; they see Bambi.In a continuous stream of colorful scenes, you'll be taken into a world inhabited by gardeners of all levels, from non-gardening “gardeners” to eccentric, covetous, and compulsive gardeners.Most of all, you'll burst out laughing as Wolk shares his views on horticulture and describes his own oddball behavior as a gardener, lecturer, writer, photographer, and flower show exhibitor. From his vantage point as a lifelong gardener and horticultural voyeur, he gives gardeners an unforgettably accurate look at their domain.

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Garden writer and lecturer Wolk has written an amusing collection of essays that pokes fun at the compulsive world of gardeners. Wolk, who has won more than 200 blue ribbons at the prestigious ... Read full review


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Art Wolk is an award-winning writer, lecturer, photographer, and Grand Sweepstakes winner at the famed Philadelphia Flower Show. He infuses his writings and lectures with a combination of horticultural expertise and sharp sense of humor. Indeed, world-renowned garden writer Elvin McDonald describes him as “the Dave Barry of garden writing.” Art has appeared on the Discovery Channel and the Home and Garden TV Network, and has been interviewed on radio stations throughout the United States, including National Public Radio. In addition, he has lectured at such prominent institutions as Longwood Gardens, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Scott Arboretum, and the Philadelphia Flower Show. His magazine articles have appeared in "Fine Gardening," "Better Homes and Gardens," "Green Scene," "Green Prints," and other publications. In 1991 Art founded, and for nine years managed, a children's garden in New Jersey. In 1999, he received the prestigious Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association for a magazine article he wrote about the garden. His accomplishments also include: - Writing Garden Lunacy: A Growing Concern.- Giving over 150 lectures to garden clubs and horticultural organizations.- Having over 100 of his photographs published in garden magazines and newspapers.- Writing over 100 garden and photography book reviews for Library Journal.- Winning over 150 blue ribbons at the Philadelphia Flower Show.- Serving as President of the Horticultural Society of South Jersey for five years.- Creating a garden that has been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper articles.- Running a successful mail-order plant company in the 1990s for five years.

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