Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries

by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. (David R. Godine, 2011)

Focusing on gardeners’ words about the art of gardening, Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation Across Two Centuries by landscape historian Elizabeth Barlow Rogers brings together a diverse array of authors. For the most part they are not professional landscape designers or how-to horticulturists but rather hands-on gardeners who write with their own gardens in full view. Ranging in time and place from Enlightenment France to modern-day New York City, they invite the reader into the natural world of soil and flowers, insects and sun, pride and frustration.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Gertrude Jekyll, Andrew Jackson Downing, Celia Thaxter, Vita Sackville-West, Russell Page, Rosemary Verey, Hugh Johnson, Paula Deitz, Lynden Miller, and Michael Pollan are among the fifty writers whose works are excerpted and discussed by Rogers.