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My Favorite Plant: Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love

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A delightful compendium of writing on plants.

The passion for gardening and the passion for words come together in this inspired anthology, a collection of essays on topics as diverse as beans and roses, by writers who garden and by gardeners who write. Among the contributors are Christopher Lloyd, on poppies; Marina Warner, who remembers the Guinée rose; and Henri Cole, wh
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Hardcover, 329 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Joanna
Nov 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
It didn't bode well when the binding split the moment I lifted the front cover of this adorable little hardcover book. Then I found myself irritated by the overly precious font, with little loops sprinkled throughout. At some point these things ceased to matter. Like any collection of writings from various authors, some selections I loved, some I didn't. Overall my response to this book can be summed up in one word: covetousness. I want these plants, all of them, even the fussy ones. At the same ...more
Pam
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I lived in New Hampshire after meeting the Author.It was a lovely old Strawberry Farm,kinda misty,cloudy overcast day as I sat listening to Jamaica readings!Being an Herb&Flower Gardener,I was amazed by the relationships of certain plants and their caretakers.This is a lovely,Sunday morning read,moving,stirs the heart!I concluded that "The MorningGlory"is my favorite plant!What is your's?I no longer live in beautiful New Hampshire_but the memory is like yesterday for a ...more
Jenny
Jul 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
I got this book as a gift, I think, and I enjoyed paging throughout, reading about various writers' favorite plants. Some were essays, some were memoirs, others were poems, but each brought a flash of color and life into this otherwise grey spring. My favorites were the funny ones--the man who'd been trained to garden by his grandmother, e.g.--and the philosophical. Now that I've finished, I'm ready to garden myself. Hurry up, spring!
Sarah Sattin
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I'll admit I didn't read all the essays/poems. Some writers didn't speak to me and frankly the whole thing was a little too long. Still more than a few great pieces and writers who I will come back to, I'm sure.
Leo W.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not completely disappointing, just mostly so.





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Jamaica Kincaid is a novelist, gardener, and former reporter for The New Yorker Magazine. She is a Professor of Literature at Claremont-McKenna College.
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