This anthology draws together more than 50 writers—including W.S. Merwin, Michael Pollan and M.F. K. Fisher—from across 300 years of garden writing.
Idiosyncratic, determined, and occasionally obsessed, gardeners have a lot to say about their outdoor passion. The Writer in the Garden brings together a host of writing gardeners and gardening writers who revel in their quirks and reflect on their experiences. Subjects range from the beauty of the garden to ornery weeds, the hazards of rare plant collecting, and the tribulations of inclement weather.
Editor Jane Garmey has discovered some great contemporary works and rediscovered many classics, and the volume features many authors from both sides of the Atlantic: from Edith Wharton, who insists that we could stand to learn about design from the Italians, to Stephen Lacey, who reveals that his most exciting gardening moments are spent in the bath.
Other writers in the collection include: E. B. White, Beverly Nichols, Ken Druse, Eleanor Perenyi, Mirabel Osler, Henry Mitchell, Jamaica Kincaid, Robert Dash, Sara B. Stein, Anne Raver, Patti Hagan, Paula Deitz.