Gardening

A cultivated patch of fertile plots and well-tended prose.

 


 

Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden

By Reginald Arkell

 

A novel of the garden -- can you think of another? Combining the jollity of Wodehouse and the pleasures of a country house tour, Arkell's 1950 tale chronicles Bert Pinnegar's eight decades in an English manor house garden, from his youth as a flower-loving orphan to his age as an estimable master of the plots. Sheer delight.

 

 


 

The Garden Primer

By Barbara Damrosch

 

How deep do you plant irises? What kind of soil does asparagus like? How do you plant a tree? Prune roses? Force tulips? Select tools? Damrosch has collected every tidbit of knowledge necessary for gardening success in this straightforward, well-illustrated tome. If you buy one instructional book, this should be it.

 

 

 


 

Down the Garden Path

By Beverley Nichols

 

"I bought my cottage by sending a wireless to Timbuctoo from the Mauretania, at midnight, with a fierce storm lashing the decks." So begins this most enjoyable and stylish record of one man's garden. Nichols's 1932 memoir of a cottage in the British countryside and its attendant flora has lost none of its droll appeal.

 

 


 

Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

By Michael Pollan

 

Before he became a well-known advocate of a revolution in our attitudes to food and eating, Michael Pollan chronicled a year tending a vegetable garden on a rocky hillside in Connecticut. As with the work of his model, Henry David Thoreau, Pollan uses his experience to raise questions about the supposed conflict between human culture and the natural world in which we live. The garden, he proposes, is the metaphor we need: the place where we collaborate with the earth.

 

 


 

Gardening for Love 

By Elizabeth Lawrence

 

This lovely book, by an American original once called "the Jane Austen of the gardening literary world," chronicles the author's long correspondence with a circle of Southern women who traded seeds and bulbs through agricultural market bulletins. Revealing an unexpected world, it is down to earth in the deepest sense.

 

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The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.