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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Contents

An English Cottage Garden
3
Simply Finnish
9
Black Currants and Window Boxes
15
Daisies and Grapes Leaves
21
Slovenian Sweet Peas
27
Fine German Craftsmanship
33
HARVESTING JOY
39
Wild Sesame and Balloon Flower
41
Greek Gourmet
103
A Meal From Michoacan
109
Loas on the Prairie
115
LESSONS OF THE GARDEN
121
Collards and Community
123
The Bonsai Master
129
Smuggled Roses
135
A Sundanese Dream
141

A Fairy Cottage
47
An Edible Backyard
53
The OldTime Way
59
An African Garden
65
The Taste of a Latvian Childhood
71
I Couldnt Grow Roses in Russia
77
THE TASTE OF HOME
83
Growing Peppers Growing Home
85
I Like to Make My Own Garden
91
The Sicilian Kitchen Garden
97
Intensively Polish
147
The Shortest Growing Season
153
PEACE IN THE GARDEN
159
When the East Meets Duluth
161
Havana Healing
167
The Circle of Life
173
Hot Hot Hot
179
Jasmine and Geraniums
185
Long Beans and Lemongrass
191
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About the author (2000)

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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