Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden

Eleanor Perenyi Allen Lacy Michael Pollan

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Green Thoughts A Writer in the Garden A classic in the literature of the garden Green Thoughts is a beautifully written and highly original collection of seventy two essays alphabetically arranged on topics ranging from Annuals and Art

  • Title: Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden
  • Author: Eleanor Perenyi Allen Lacy Michael Pollan
  • ISBN: 9780375759451
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • A classic in the literature of the garden, Green Thoughts is a beautifully written and highly original collection of seventy two essays, alphabetically arranged, on topics ranging from Annuals and Artichokes to Weeds and Wildflowers An amateur gardener for over thirty years, Eleanor Per nyi draws upon her wide ranging knowledge of gardening lore to create a delighA classic in the literature of the garden, Green Thoughts is a beautifully written and highly original collection of seventy two essays, alphabetically arranged, on topics ranging from Annuals and Artichokes to Weeds and Wildflowers An amateur gardener for over thirty years, Eleanor Per nyi draws upon her wide ranging knowledge of gardening lore to create a delightful, witty blend of how to advice, informed opinion, historical insight, and philosophical musing There are entries in praise of earthworms and in protest of rock gardens, a treatise on the sexual politics of tending plants, and a paean to the salubrious effect of gardening see Longevity Twenty years after its initial publication, Green Thoughts remains as much a joy to read as ever This Modern Library edition is published with a new Introduction by Allen Lacy, former gardening columnist for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and the author of numerous gardening books.

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    1. Abby on said:

      “There is of course no such thing as a green thumb. Gardening is a vocation like any other—a calling, if you like, but not a gift from heaven. One acquires the necessary skills and knowledge to do it successfully, or one doesn’t. The ancients gardened without guidance from books, by eye and by hand, and while I am a devotee of gardening books and love to study and quarrel with them, I don’t think they are a substitute for practical experience, any more than cookbooks are.”I'd give this [...]

    2. Kristi on said:

      Enjoyable read on a variety of gardening topics. At times, the writing is fun, opinionated, and quirky; at other times, simply informational. A good balance.

    3. Mary Soderstrom on said:

      There are books that mark you because they crystallize what you’ve been thinking about a subject, or because they lead you deeper into a particular world of endeavor. Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perenyi was one such for me. For the first part of my life I took gardens and flowering plants for granted—they were part of the landscape, part of the set on the stage of my life, but no more real or important that the cut-out trees toted by the advancing hordes in Macbeth.But [...]

    4. Gwyn on said:

      Dulcy Mahar, the late and beloved Oregonian columnist, recommended Eleanor Perenyi's writings as both thought-provoking and inspirational. I picked up Green Thoughts expecting something similar to Dulcy's friendly, whimsical prose. Nothing could be further than the truth. "Opinionated" was the word Dulcy used to describe Perenyi, with more tact than I would have used. My first impression of Perenyi was that she was a stuck-up, cantankerous old you-know-what.You-know-what she may be, but she know [...]

    5. Angela Clark on said:

      Wish I could have met the author. She seems like one of those sort of cranky but lovable characters you sometimes meet and end up really caring about. Loved the author picture with her out in her garden with her cigarette and whiskey glass (not that I condone smoking :)).

    6. Robbin on said:

      This book is WONDERFUL! If you are a gardener or want to be a gardener, you will fall in love with this informative and VERY entertaining book.

    7. Julia on said:

      If you read this in Maggie Smith's voice, it is even better. Love her. I'll never look at petunias the same way again.

    8. Kate on said:

      " 'A writer who gardens is sooner or later going to write a book about the subject,' Eleanor Petenyi observes in her Foreword. 'One acquires one's opinions and prejudices, discovers a trick or two, learns to question supposedly expert judgments, reads, saves clipp0ings and is eventually overtaken by the desire to pass it all on.'"Perhaps America has produced too few writers who garden. In any case, there has not before been a gardening book quite like this one by the distinguished biographer of [...]

    9. Grace on said:

      3.5 stars. I started this book months ago and set it aside around 100 pages in because it just wasn't holding my attention, for the most part. The passages up to"Lawns" dragged a little, with the exception of Compost and Earthworms. actually Compost got me pretty interested and I ended up with The Rodale Book of Composting and I now have my own pile rotting away in the backyard. while at times the author comes off a little snobby and particular, I think that's to be expected in a gardening book, [...]

    10. Joanna on said:

      This collection of short essays on gardens and gardening is by turns amusing, informative, glorious, persnickety, hopeful, scornful, and lovely. Many of the essays spoke to me like a beloved friend of the heart, others irked me, and on balance I am just glad to have finally finished it. The sequence of essays is arranged alphabetically by title, and I think the disjointedness of topics (lawns, lilies, longevity, etc) detracted from my enjoyment of the work as a whole.

    11. Brian McLean on said:

      Varied and interesting information throughout. A must if you're still a gardener, but I'm not.

    12. Melissa on said:

      Those who garden and write gardening books, seem to be independent and often cranky people. While Eleanor Perenyi may fit that description, she is also likable.Perenyi is independent enough to reject the “expert” opinion, and not care what people think when she uses seaweed as a fertilizer. She is cranky enough to lament the state of the world, and criticize the government for not allowing her to grow a small amount of pot for personal use. She is also somewhat snobby, describing colorful an [...]

    13. Bonnie on said:

      Considered by some a gardening classic and originally published in 1981, this is a selection of gardening essays organized alphebetically beginning with A (for annuals) and ending with W (for women's place). (I don't know what happened to XYorZ. Hasn't the women ever heard of zinnias?) Perhaps she just got tired of the topic of gardening. I must confess, I only made it to L for Lawns before I had to put the book aside for a break. This weekend I picked it up again and plowed through the rest of [...]

    14. Audrey Driscoll on said:

      This is a collection of essays on a large variety of garden-related topics, arranged rather prosaically in alphabetical order, starting with "Annuals" and ending with "Woman's Place." Ms. Perenyi was a woman of culture and sophistication, well-read and well-travelled, and it shows in her musings on everything from compost to garlic to creating standards. She refers frequently to the writings of others (not only gardeners) and expresses pithy opinions on their opinions. (For example, she takes a [...]

    15. Kim on said:

      Eleanor Perenyi was a retired editor from Glamour who had a garden in Connecticut. Her passion appeared to be old fashioned flowering perennials-such as roses, tulips and Turk's lilies. But she provides useful information about seed catalogs, blocking the garden with swarths of solid color and preparing the soil. She has also talks about gardeners that have gone before her-such as Ellen Willmot who had several outstanding gardens but lost them due to the pre-WWII economy.For those who have a tra [...]

    16. Mary on said:

      I'm not sure where I heard of this book but I think it sounded more intriguing than deserved. I had a hard time getting into it I think mainly because the author referred to English poets and the classics like everyone has read them . . . perhaps I should?? I did gleam a few tips from the book; how to winter my rosemary plant (dig it up and place in a pot -- next year just put the pot in the ground), how to deadhead my lilies, and what to do with the ashes from my fire pit (place around plants t [...]

    17. Elizabeth Brookbank on said:

      I loved this book. Part gardening advice book, part landscaping history/social critique, part memoir - it is hard to think of something more in my wheelhouse than this book. It is also so funny - with a wry wit that made me laugh and shake my head in recognition at the same time. I plan on buying my own copy so I can return to it any time I want! And it's perfect for dipping in and out of as the mood strikes, as it is organized as a series of essays on various horticultural themes (Alliums, Bean [...]

    18. Emily on said:

      I just love garden memoirs. Especially the ones that are total stream of consciousness writing real thought or lay out. Perenyi is delightful to read. I skipped around and read all the sections I was interested in. I hate lilies so I skipped that. I love her short, one paragraph entry in Mazes: "Should you ever find yourself lost in one, choose either the right or the left wall and follow its every turning. You can't fail to emerge." So sweet and to the point. Love!

    19. Rachel Kopel on said:

      Another in the endless piles of library book sale finds. Perenyi is a delight, an excellent writer and gardener and well able to combine the two. I enjoyed several months of reading one or two entries at bedtime and am sorry this book is finished. Passing is along to a reading gardner/ gardening reader friend.

    20. Bonnie on said:

      This is a lovely, practical, enchanting and instructional book regarding everything one would wish to know about gardening. There are surprising bits of history, opinions and prejudices, warnings of the state of horticulture in the US and practical advice. I foresee using this book for many answers as well as pure pleasure reading.

    21. Maryellen Walter on said:

      This book of garden essays was published in 2002 and I found some things have changed since then. While some of the essays were interesting, I got bogged down in the essays on lawns, standards, and some others. It's an interesting book but I had to skip parts of it that I found too cumbersome.

    22. Kim on said:

      Interesting writing about gardens from the perspective of a long time northeastern gardener. She is a bit cranky at times and contradictory at others. But well worth reading for the bits of arcane information she has and the insight she has into the issues besetting our environment.

    23. Nicole on said:

      Very personal views on the garden. She write short essays on subjects such as compost, roses, and garlic. These are not just how to grows pieces but they range from the etymology of a word to the subjective quality of a plant.

    24. Beth L. on said:

      This book is a series of gardening essays. Not easy reading always but always interesting. I learned a few new "tricks." I found however I could only read a few of the chapters at a time and then had to put it down. BUT I did finish it and I am glad.

    25. David Ward on said:

      Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perenyi (Modern Library 2002)(635). This is a collection of gardening essays by a long-term amateur gardener. It features a fantastic section on herb gardening. My rating: 7/10, finished 2005.

    26. Elizabeth on said:

      Great gardening read. I can't believe I spent so much time in Stonington and never met her.

    27. Jan on said:

      Interesting, although the incident where she smuggles potatoes into the U.S. is disheartening. She gardened in Stonington, CT and Hungary.

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