An Ecology of Enchantment

An Ecology of Enchantment

A Year in the Life of A Garden

Book - 2008
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For the past 36 years, Des Kennedy and his family have lived largely outside their hand-built house in intimate contact with the Earth -- its creatures, its changing seasons, and its weather patterns. In this charming book's 52 chapters, Kennedy brings readers deep into his garden, week by week, from winter's dormancy to summer's splendor. With his trademark self-effacing humor, the author captures the essence of the gardening experience, exploring his triumphs, failures, mishaps, and occasional magic. Undaunted by setbacks and lusting for the perfect garden, Kennedy takes readers with him on a gardening journey rich with insights and adventures. The effects of devastating snow storms; the slow-food cuisine of rutabagas, parsnips, and carrots; the gardener's inalienable right to dress in rags; the outlandish behaviour and florid oratory induced by flowering poppies -- these and scores of other topics meander through the book's gardening year alternately informing, inspiring, and amusing.
Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, 2008.
Edition: Tenth anniversary edition.
ISBN: 9781553653707
Characteristics: xxiv, 311 pages ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Year in the life of a garden


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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

Being a somewhat serious gardener, I am prone to despair at times, as bindweed invades the perennial bed and the gorgeous California lilac, which graced the back fence for many seasons, succumbs to killing winter weather. At times like these a little humour is needed. Des Kennedy's mirthful recounting of the joys and disappointments of a year in his garden puts the whole gardening hobby into perspective and provides a deep chuckle as well.

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