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The Way of a Gardener: A Life's Journey

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A personal and revealing exploration of a life lived close to the earth, from one of Canada's best-loved gardeners.

Called "a green-thumb rogue" (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), accomplished novelist, satirist, and garden writer Des Kennedy describes his life journey from a childhood of strict Irish Catholicism in Britain to a charmed existence amid the gardens of his Gulf Isla
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 22nd 2010 by Greystone Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 30, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. It made me want to run out and buy some land, build my own cabin, plant some seeds, hug a tree, and become an environmental activist and protest loudly.
May 28, 2013 Mila rated it it was amazing
I like the way he writes. He can be LOL funny both in his writing and also in his public speaking (I had the pleasure of seeing him LIVE at the Langley Garden Club); but in this book about how he came to become a gardener on Denman Island, he was serious.

I enjoyed reading about his parents' values which mirrored my upbringing: "Like others of their generation, they were reducing, reusing and recycling decades before the trilogy became trendy."

About his father's love of gardening: "Only in hind
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Jul 27, 2010 Mary Anne rated it really liked it
In this book Des Kennedy chronicles his life from his birth place in England through his childhood in eastern Canada, his years of preparation for the priesthood, his rejection of this calling and embracing of counter-lifestyle during the sixties, and his eventual and seemingly inevitable metamorphosis into a gardener with his own tv show, newspaper and magazine columns and books. Because we are the same age, I found it interesting to follow his journey through the decades. I also have discovere ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Erica rated it it was ok
This was probably not the best first book to read by this author. He apparently has several other true gardening books--which is what I was wanting from this book. Instead it was a memoir, only glancingly about gardening in the last few chapters. So I skipped over much of the middle portion because I just had no buy-in as to wanting to know about his life. Still, he's an excellent writer, a literary writer, deeply well-read and with well-constructed thoughts and sentences. It may be a good book ...more
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Jan 12, 2013 Sarah Boon rated it it was amazing
An intimate journey from the priesthood through the free and easy 60s, and finally to a life rooted in place on Denman Island. Kennedy shares how his past as a failed priest links to his present as a stellar gardener and writer.
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