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Book Title: Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden|
The author of the book: Eleanor Perenyi
Edition: Random House (NY)
Date of issue: December 31st 1981
ISBN 13: 9780394503752
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.63 MB
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“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 book six stars if I could. A thoroughly delightful assortment (the book is arranged in alphabetical chapters on seemingly random topics, from Annuals to Women in the Garden) with salient advice, even decades after it was published, and a wisdom and cleverness about gardening. She's also a talented stylist and a pleasure to read.
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“The athletic tend to look down on gardening—until they try it. Then I am amused to hear their moans and groans: ‘My back, I can’t believe it.’ I can. I go through it every spring, and the cult of fitness has no part in my psychology. I loathe sport in nearly all its forms except horseback riding. But I figure my chances for a long life are at least as good as the average athlete’s, and maybe a lot better.”
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Read information about the authorEleanor Perenyi (January 4, 1918 – May 3, 2009) was a gardener and author on gardening. She wrote Green Thoughts, a collection of essays based on her own experiences as a gardener. The book drew on her work on her husband’s castle (described in her 1946 publication More Was Lost). Green Thoughts was reviewed by Brooke Astor in The New York Times.
Eleanor Perenyi was the daughter of Navy officer, Ellis S. Stone and Grace Zaring Stone, who wrote her anti-Nazi novel "Escape" under the pseudonym Ethel Vance in order not to jeopardize the safety of her daughter, who lived at the time in Europe with her Hungarian baron husband.
Perenyi was given an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1982.
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