The Potting-shed Papers

The Potting-shed Papers : From Johnny Appleseed's Apples to Sex and the Single Strawberry - Explorations of Gardens and Gardeners

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In a fresh crop of funny, pungent and unpredictable essays, American Charles Elliot shifts his gaze beyond his adopted home of Britain, "the world's largest potting shed", to observe the gardens and gardening habits of some of the rest of the world. From the Japanese craze for the Ingurishu Gaaden - the English garden - to the Dutch facility for cultivating myriad plant species from the 18th century, Elliot brings life to these episodes in horticultural history. He introduces great plant hunters such as the interpid Pere Delavay and the oddball John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, and takes the reader to places as diverse as Cincinnati, Ohio to the jungle-choked gorges and valleys of the eastern flank of the Andes in search of the Fever Bark Tree.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 162.1 x 237.7 x 23.9mm | 489.89g
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • 1585745405
  • 9781585745401
  • 2,579,089

About Charles Elliott

CHARLES ELLIOT is an American editor and writer who now lives and gardens in England. He has written The Transplanted Gardener and A Gap in the Hedge for the Lyons Press as well as edited The Quotable Gardener, The Quotable Cat Lover, and The Greatest Cat Stories Ever Told
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"Charles Eiliott, like William F. Buckley, has the very rare knack of writing with sufficient wit, grace, and enlightenment to delight a reader who has no more interest in sailing the seas than in growing a geranium in a pot." - Alastair Cooke "One of the most delightful books of any type I have read all year." - Bill Bryson
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