Christy B's Reviews > Second Nature: A Gardener's Education

Second Nature by Michael Pollan
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
3993194
's review
May 18, 11


This is Pollan's first book & you can tell-- in a good way. Instead of being a thesis-driven, repetitive argument for a lifestyle we probably already agree with (In Defense of Food, Omnivore's Dilemma), Second Nature is much more of a pleasant exploration. He discusses his successes and follies in gardening fruits, veggies, flowers, trees, even plain old grass. He uses his own personal history and experience and supplements it with a bit of US/world history to explain what has shaped our attitudes toward gardens/yards/forests. One of the most interesting parts: the rose we know today is far simpler and uglier than the rose Shakespeare was talking about; heirloom or old roses are beautiful, have bountiful petals, and apparently smell very sensuous.
likeflag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Second Nature.
sign in »

No comments have been added yet.