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The Way of a Gardener: A Life's Journey

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The Way or a Gardener is a passionate and revealing exploration of a life that begins in England in a strict, working-class Irish Catholic family, includes eight years within the cloisters of a monastic seminary, and culminates on one of British Columbia's fabled Gulf Islands. There Des Kennedy—monk turned pilgrim—lives a new spirituality inspired by all the social upheava

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Published January 1st 2010 by Greystone Books
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Anna
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mila
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Mary Anne
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erica
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Boon
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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