Paradise Under Glass: The Education of an Indoor Gardener

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Harper Collins, Aug 9, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

Ruth Kassinger was at an emotional crossroads. Confronted with the death of a beloved sister, her children’s departure for college, and her own recent battle with breast cancer, she was searching for a way forward. Then one cold, gray evening, she wandered into the U.S. Botanic Garden’s conservatory—and a dream was born.

Dazzled by the vast and dense tangle of greenery, Kassinger decided to create a verdant sanctuary in her own home, even though the sum total of her previous indoor gardening experience was one neglected houseplant at the top of her basement stairs. In Paradise Under Glass, Ruth chronicles her journey from brown thumb to green, while sharing the knowledge and insights that creating and sustaining her fabulous garden has bestowed—lessons of loss and letting go, nurturing and rebirth, challenge and change, love and serenity.


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PARADISE UNDER GLASS: An Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden

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A cancer survivor's foray into horticulture and healing.After losing a sister to cancer and surviving a bout of her own, science and health writer Kassinger (Glass: From Cinderella's Slipper to Fiber ... Read full review

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An interesting and informative book that is part memoir of the author's experience as a beginning gardner who builds and populates a conservatory garden in her home and also part history of indoor ... Read full review


one The Plant at the Top of the Stairs
two Oranges
three Construction
four Plant Hunting
seven Wintergardens
eleven Apopka
twelve Paradise
thirteen Living Walls

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Ruth Kassinger’s science and health writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Explorer, Health magazine, Science Weekly, and other publications. The author of numerous award-winning science and history books for young adults, she lives with her husband, Ted, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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