Dear Mr. Jefferson: Letters from a Nantucket Gardener

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 1, 1999 - Gardening - 224 pages
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"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culure of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."
--Thomas Jefferson

An 18th-century statesman, a thoroughly modern gardener, a slightly one-sided correspondence on seeds, soil and the art of living...

For years, novelist Laura Simon had been building a garden around her Nantucket home, nurturing onions from wispy, pungent seedlings, spreading manure in early spring, harvesting in fall.  And with the passage of time, she longed for a correspondent with whom to exchange reflections on seeds and soil, to share her stories and her passion for gardening.  Unable to find such a person, Ms. Simon turned to the works of the eighteenth-century statesman and avid horticulturist Thomas Jefferson.  Thus began an only slightly one-sided correspondence between Ms. Simon and the Monticello gardener himself.  Interweaving her own observations about past and present with selected passages from Jefferson's writings, Simon has crafted a true epistolary adventure, filled with history and humor, a literate guide to gardening--and living a well-cultivated life.

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Review: Dear Mr. Jefferson: Letters from a Nantucket Gardener

User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

At first I thought the pemise a little strange, writing letters to a man long dead. That soon passed as the author shared her passion with a kindred spirit, so to speak. The writing was beautiful and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shelley S. - Goodreads

Thinking of you, Ms. Simon, my first asparagus has come to table! I loved reading your book! Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Laura Simon has been living, gardening, and writing on Nantucket, year round, since 1973.

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