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Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden (Modern Library Gardening) Paperback – February 19, 2002
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“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
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Perenyi's book contains many original insights and much information not widely available at the time she wrote her book - such as gardening tips from `Organic Gardening Magazine'. Perenyi wrote only one book on gardening but she is often quoted-the main reason I wanted to read GREEN THOUGHTS. She organized her comments Alpha to Zeta (actually ends with `W' for Woman's Place), which are literally a set of small essays ranging from a paragraph in length to several pages on various topics from hedges and lawns to onions and potatoes.
My favorite essay is "Woman's Place" which appropriately enough covers the history of women in the garden from Eve to Eleanor Perenyi. She reveals the sad truth that women invented horticulture while men were off hunting in packs, only to be thrown out of the garden at a later date when men "took charge" of the fields.Read more ›
Eleanor Perenyi is one of those people who can make anything interesting. Knowledgeable, opinionated, at times cranky, her writing is at once delightful and profound. With wit and whimsy, the books skips from the trials and tribulations of trying to find good help to the horticultural explorations of the Spanish conquistadors. The book is a real treat for anyone who loves gardens and words. In fact, I think I'll read it again.
It is with deep sadness that I report the recent death of Eleanor Perenyi. In Green Thoughts, she has left us a gift we should treasure for all time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first came across this book many years ago and fell in love with it. Reads like a novel. I was particularly interested in the pages on dahlias; which has served as my guide to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelone
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 9 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 14 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 21 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 23 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 on December 14, 2013 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 on October 29, 2013 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