The Passionate Gardener: Adventures of an Ardent Green Thumb

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Greystone Books, Jan 6, 2012 - Gardening - 200 pages
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In this rollicking read, Des Kennedy demonstrates his unerring skill with a satirical pitchfork. The 13 short pieces here roam widely and wildly, examining, among other things, common idiosyncrasies and the collective chaos of garden clubs. The book hilariously ponders the host of psychopathologies that afflict “plants people,” from weather phobias and general anxiety disorders to obsessive-compulsive behavior such as the chronic moving of plants. Whether discussing dysfunctional garden sprayers or malodorous urine collection schemes, Kennedy finds both the magic and the madness in one of life's most popular passions.

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About the author (2012)

Des Kennedy has lived for the past thirty-five years with his partner, Sandy, in their hand-hewn home on Denman Island, one of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. The author of countless magazine pieces and five previous books-two novels and three collections of essays-Kennedy has also made numerous TV and radio appearances and written for and narrated documentary films. A popular speaker on the gardening circuit, Kennedy has been active in the environmental scene for many years and was a founding director of a community land trust on his home island.

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