Modern Library expands its scope into gardening with these two titles. Published in 1981, Perenyi's text offers a collection of essays on topics from annuals to wild flowers and everything in between. The practical information is laced with anecdotes and historical tidbits about gardens and gardeners. Reaching back to 1871, Warner's volume also offers helpful advice along with much humor and even drama as he uses plant life to draw lessons for daily living. A nice break from the straightforward how-to books.
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“You do not have to be a good gardener to fall in love with Green Thoughts. It reads with the intrepid assurance of a classic.” —Mary McCarthy, The New York Review of Books
“Unlike any other gardening book I know, with its Old World charm, its down-to-earth practicality, its whimsy and sophistication.” —Brooke Astor, The New York Times Book Review
“One of those dangerous reference works that you reach for at a moment of horticultural crisis or indecision only to find yourself an hour later browsing far beyond the page where you began.” —The New Yorker
Eleanor was my editor at Madamoiselle. I can hear her voice in every chapter. Though I am not an avid gardener by a long shot, I enjoy opening up the book periodically just to read... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Martha Mason
If you haven't discovered Eleanor Perenyi, you are in for a delight. She writes beautifully, which is interesting in itself as the lady didn't even graduate from high school. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kit
I found these essays very entertaining and informative for the home gardener. I actually took some notes and appreciate the advice given by a seasoned gardener.Published 16 months ago by kaitlyn marmarou
From the other reviews i expected it to be much more interesting for a current gardener. I found it too dry and too much like an encyclopedia of her opinions on random things with... Read morePublished 18 months ago by K. Ostrovska
THE BOOK IS ABOUT MORE THAN GARDENS: Readers of "Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden" get a three-fer reward: a romp through fields of reading, eating, and planting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Owl
Fun and informative romp through Eleanor Perenyi's lifetime of gardens... A quirky fun character reminiscent of Julia Childs but out in her garden...Published 22 months ago by Persephone
A neighbor gave me this book along with my 'starter set' of perennials fom her own garden when I moved into my first house 30 years ago. Ms. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Lindyo
Ms. Perenyi is a writer who gardens, not the other way round. So first and foremost this is exceptional writing. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by mark woldin