Edith Wharton, under the spell of evergreen foliage and stone, celebrates the magic of Italian gardens. Charles Kuralt waits on the bloom of a single daffodil like an expectant father. Gertrude Jekyll, after a month-long drought, praises the coming rain. Allen Tracy rails against hydrangeas.
Here is an engaging group of more than 50 gardening writers — and writing gardeners — reveling in their likes and dislikes, confessing their shortcomings, and sharing their successes and failures. The Writer in the Garden presents a colorful bouquet of prose and poetry from both sides of the Atlantic. With subjects ranging from an old-fashioned rose to ornery weeds, the hazards of rare plant collecting, and the tribulations of inclement weather, The Writer in the Garden brings together an entertaining selection of garden writing from the past 100 years. From Thoreau to Jamaica Kincaid, the writers and gardeners here express the trials and joys of gardening in the country as well as the challenges and rewards of trying to make things grow in the city. But whether a garden is large or small, thriving or failing, every gardener has a story.
Jane Garmey is an independent television and audio producer and the author of Great British Cooking: A Well-Kept Secret and Great New British Cooking. She has published articles in various publications including The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Garden Design. Her audio book, also titled The Writer in the Garden, won a 1998 Quill and Trowel Award.