The Untamed Garden: A Revealing Look at Our Love Affair with Plants

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McClelland & Stewart, 2011 - Gardening - 229 pages
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Which suggestive plant caused a queen to faint when it was presented to her at court? What was the original French name for the Great Maiden's Blush rose that had the Victorians blushing? Why are figs and pomegranates thought to be the real forbidden fruit that led Adam and Eve into temptation?

In this delightful gift book, master gardener Sonia Day brings together delicious tidbits from myth, history, botany, and plant lore to reveal how plants have seduced our hearts, minds, and bodies throughout the ages. Organized in thematic chapters that loosely follow the arc of a love affair, the book journeys from "Innocence" (the notion of a virgin being "deflowered" originated with the belief that flowers were pure and sexless), through such stages as "Flirtation," "Seduction," "Lust," "Deception," and "Rapture." Scattered throughout are love potions, examples from the Victorian "language of flowers," and charming anecdotes, all told in Day's delightfully irreverent and conversational voice. Gorgeously designed and featuring full-colour photos and illustrations throughout, this is a sumptuous tribute to our enduring fascination with plants that is sure to seduce readers everywhere.
 

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Contents

U S
11
THE ORCHID RAPIURE
25
E N I A L
153
The unsavoury obsession T H E C O C 0 D E M E
197
P A S S I O
212
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Master gardener SONIA DAY is the Toronto Star's gardening columnist and a well-respected gardening writer. She is the author of six previous books, including Tulips: Facts and Folklore About the World's Most Planted Flower, which won a Garden Globe Award of Achievement for writing from the U.S.-based Garden Writers Association, and, most recently, the Globe and Mail national bestseller Incredible Edibles: 43 Fun Things to Grow in the City. Sonia received Landscape Ontario's Gardening Communicator of the Year Award in 2003.

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