Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries
By Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

David R. Godine, 2011

Listed among the Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013 by Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Focusing on gardeners’ words about the art of gardening, Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries by landscape historian Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, brings together a diverse array of authors. For the most part they are not professional landscape designers or how-to horticulturists but rather hands-on gardeners who write with their own gardens in full view. Ranging in time and place from Enlightenment France to modern-day New York City, they invite the reader into the natural world of soil and flowers, insects and sun, pride and frustration. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Gertrude Jekyll, Andrew Jackson Downing, Celia Thaxter, Vita Sackville-West, Russell Page, Rosemary Verey, Hugh Johnson, Paula Deitz, Lynden Miller, and Michael Pollan are among the fifty writers whose works are excerpted and discussed.

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