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Peeling off sheets of skin from a sunburned back. Visiting five nurseries and spending $1,000 in an afternoon. Raising 200 monarch butterflies. Feeding grasshoppers to a spider. Hearing the wings of geese thirty feet overhead at sunset. How one piece of mulch can make all the difference. These are the stories of Benjamin Vogt’s 1,500 foot native prairie garden over the cou ...more
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Published January 1st 2001 by BookBaby
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kimyunalesca
3.5 stars.If you like to talk/read stories about plants,enjoy and love gardening,then this book is for you!This composes random stories about how Mr. Benjamin Vogt started his own beloved garden,rants and life confessions,pictures and the best resources you could get and how you can be involve,where to begin etc.

This is a very short,easy read,light, fun book I learned a lot from it.It definitely boost my knowledge about plants and gardening like how you're suppose to care for certain plants and
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Karol
I discovered this poetic gardening memoir after Benjamin Vogt began following me on Twitter. I bought it on an impulse after he tweeted a link to the book. I've always wanted to read Jamaica Kincaid's book about gardening, having admired her gardening nonfiction in The New Yorker, but I've never followed through. I'm not a gardener. I live in New York City, for goodness sakes! I'd grown up in Connecticut where my mother once made my brother and me shovel a small mountain of dirt into a sinkhole ...more
Colleen Vanderlinden
This is what a garden memoir should be. Vogt's vivid, detailed descriptions of the plants, insects, and birds that call his garden home are second only to his ability to show how transcendent gardening can be. Beautifully written, full of information about native plants and what it takes to create a thriving ecosystem amidst modern tract homes. Highly, highly recommended.
Benjamin Vogt
Jan 08, 2012 Benjamin Vogt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
"Beautifully and thoughtfully crafted."
-- Amy Stewart, Kirkus Reviews

"This is what a garden memoir should be. Vogt's vivid, detailed descriptions
of the plants, insects, and birds that call his garden home are second only
to his ability to show how transcendent gardening can be. Beautifully written,
full of information about native plants and what it takes to create
a thriving ecosystem amidst modern tract homes.
Highly, highly recommended."
-- Colleen Vanderlinden, author of Edible Gardening
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Julie
Another "meh" -- sorry, fellow Nebraskan! I, too, am an experimental gardener, and I live about 50 minutes northeast of Mr. Vogt. Like Vogt, I hate leaf blowers and the neighbors who use them. I used to have a neighbor, in fact, who would use his leaf blower religiously, and then pull out his Shop Vac IN HIS YARD to pick up stray leaves/grass/mulch. Another neighbor mows his lawn twice a week -- it is a small suburban yard (like less than a quarter acre), and he uses an enormous (loud) riding la ...more
Rrshively
I surprised myself by giving this book 4 stars. I read it thinking it was a book about survival vegetable gardening. Instead it is a lyrical poetic book about raising perennial flowers and other ornamental plants. I found this book full of philosophical ideas and quotable quotes. The value of flowers as related to insects, birds, and other wildlife was made clear. If you know someone who can't pass a greenhouse or nursery without braking to a halt, going in, and coming out with a box full of pla ...more
Geri Laufer
I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading SCL; not merely a garden log but a personal journey by the author, a PhD and published poet. Vogt writes sentences like "the amsonia is sunlight unto itself" creating an immediately recognizable image that I can link to. Written in a loosely chronological series of essays, my fave is the snipping grasshoppers chapter.
Judith
Vogt charms the reader with thoughtful prose, beautiful word pictures and a poetic understanding of what a garden is. Be still. Soak up the nectar alongside the monarchs. Long for the neighbor lawnmowers to succumb to the prairie flowers.
Teresa
What a delightful read! From start to finish I was completely drawn into Benjamin's garden adventures. If you are a gardener or if you'd like to be a gardener, put this on your must read list.
Shirley
What a delightful read! Very well written and a very quick read that I highly recommend.
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Benjamin Vogt is the author of a forthcoming poetry collection, AFTERIMAGE (SFA Press, 2012), and two poetry chapbooks: WITHOUT SUCH ABSENCE (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and INDELIBLE MARKS (Pudding House, 2004). He is also the author of SLEEP, CREEP, LEAP: THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF A NEBRASKA GARDEN, a collection of prairie gardening essays (Amazon.com).

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