Growing Home: Stories of Ethnic Gardening

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U of Minnesota Press, 2000 - Gardening - 195 pages
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This beautiful book brings together interviews and photographs of more than thirty Minnesotans who have imported the style and tradition of their native or ancestral lands into their gardening. Susan Davis Price relates the fascinating stories of these people's lives as she explores gardening techniques and plants brought from every part of the globe.

We meet Finnish-born Maiju Kontii, who cultivates the beautiful roses of her homeland, and Polish native Danuta Mazurek, who manages to grow the colorful, leafy alpines of the old country in her small urban yard. John Maire moved to Minnesota from the Sudan and has encouraged many fellow Africans to reconnect to communal lite through the Immigrant Farmers Coalition and a group farm located near Elk River. Next to their downtown Minneapolis high-rise, a group of Korean Americans grows a Peace Garden, which includes wild sesame and the lovely and edible Chinese bellflower.

The profiles in Growing Home also feature American-born citizens who use their gardening as a link to their cultural past. Minnesota native Kevin Oshima yearned for a connection to his Japanese heritage and eventually earned the title "bonsai master" for his success in growing these temperamental trees. Seitu Jones considers his attempt to keep the city green a tribute to "all the marvelous, unsung black folks who've been gardening for years".

Well over one hundred beautiful color images highlight this unique look at how ordinary people create the extraordinary in their own backyards. Growing Home will delight not only gardeners but also readers of all backgrounds and interests.


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Susan Davis Price, a Louisiana native, has lived and gardened in Minnesota for nearly thirty years. A graduate of Louisiana State University, she holds master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University. Currently she llives in St. Paul. Her articles have appeared in numerous local and national publications, including Northern Gardener, Old House Journal, Victorian Homes, Gardening How-To, American Gardener, and Midwest Homes and Gardens. Her first book, Minnesota Gardens, An Illustrated History (AFTON PRESS, 1995), won the Minnesota Book Award and was chosen "Best of Show" by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Her second book, Growing Home, Stories of Ethnic Gardening, was published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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