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Stalking the Wild Amaranth: Gardening in an Age of Extinction

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  3 reviews
An important horticultural memoir articulating a new landscape art that's both environmentally sensitive and rich in creativity.

Janet Marinelli left her comfortable city garden to join a botanist colleague in search of the rare Seabeach Amaranth--one of our many native species that is in danger of extinction. The result of the ensuing seven-year odyssey, Stalking the Wild
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published January 1st 1998)
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Maybe I have read too many gardening books. Although this book was well-written and pleasant, it wandered among too many topics, teasing me without giving me real information or drawing any conclusions (aside from "species are going extinct due to development and our methods of gardening and landscaping will have to change; plant native species and not invasives"). It does contain some interesting descriptions of futuristic gardens. Perhaps the information contained in this book was new in 1998 ...more
Eliot Fiend
the second half is better than the first half. generally good book about the history of gardening, rhetoric of "native" vs "invasive/nonnative," well-worthwhile questions about what "native plants" refers to and generally how gardeners and landscapers can be part of the larger movement to preserve/restore ecosystems and wild spaces. it's overall a history of landscaping/gardening, loosely.
I found this book very hard to read, maybe because I don't read too many gardening books, but I did learn a lot, for example why they had such small windows many years ago, and what pesticides and herbicides are doing to our water supply. So I'm glad I read it, but I had to take it in small bites, not in great gulps, as I am used to reading.
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