The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden

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Storey Publishing, Oct 2, 2012 - Gardening - 164 pages
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Why do you garden? For fun? Work? Food? The reasons to garden are as unique as the gardener.

The Roots of My Obsession features thirty essays from the most vital voices in gardening. They show that gardening is a passion and obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged. Each gardener tells a compelling story. Whether their muse is the quest to achieve a personal vision of ultimate beauty, a mission to heal the earth, or the attempt to grow a perfect heirloom tomato, the writing is direct, engaging, and from the heart.

For Doug Tallamy, a love of plants is rooted first in a love of animals: "animals with two legs (birds), four legs (box turtles, salamanders, and foxes), six legs (butterflies and beetles), eight legs (spiders), dozens of legs (centipedes), hundreds of legs (millipedes), and even animals with no legs (snakes and pollywogs)." For Rosalind Creasy, it's "not the plant itself; it's how you use it in the garden." And for Sydney Eddison, the reason has changed throughout the years. Now, she "gardens for the moment."

As you read, you may find yourself nodding your head in agreement, or gasping in disbelief. What you're sure to encounter is some of the best writing about the gardener's soul ever to appear. For anyone who cherishes the miracle of bringing forth life from the soil, The Roots of My Obsession is essential inspiration.

 

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Contents

Introduction
6
Genetically Engineered
12
The Apprenticeship
17
Taste Testing
22
Spring Fever
27
My Time Machine
33
Chaos Theory
38
There Lies Peace
43
A Rocky Start
85
Foreign Relations
91
Family Dynamics
96
The DirtyMinded Gardener
101
The Flower Thief
108
Value Added
112
The Accompanist
117
Saving Graces
122

Island Life
47
Pentimento
52
Turkish Delights
57
Paradise Regained
62
Homegrown
67
Reasonable Doubt
72
It All Began with an Oxygen Mask
77
A Garden of Happiness
81
Right This Way
127
Sightings
133
The Universal Itch
138
Fruit Loops
143
The Web
149
Urban Gardener
153
Simple Pleasures
158
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About the author (2012)

Thomas C. Cooper is senior editor at Boston College Magazine. He is also the former editor of Horticulture magazine and The Gardener. He has written for the New York Times and the Atlantic and is the author of Odds Lots. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
 

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