The Literary Gardener

The Literary Gardener

Description

Walter Chandoha has been professionally photographing gardens for over twenty years, during which time, as a gardener himself, he graduated from planting to feed his family to planting for the sheer pleasure of seeing things grow. Today he lives and gardens on a 46-acre farm where the vegetable garden is interplanted with a wide variety of flowers and herbs. As he gardened, Chandoha also acquired a horticultural library - books in print and out-of-print - from which he culled philosophies of gardening, the history and origins of plants, myths and folklore, medicinal qualities and monographs on single species. The writers he chose for The Literary Gardener are both classic and contemporary. Thomas Church, Vita Sackville-West and Gertrude Jekyll share space with Colette, Jerzy Kozinski, Ogden Nash, and S. J. Perelman. Nor does Chandoha stop there - excerpting at times the words of good friends or captions from garden catalogs.

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