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“The book [PARADISE UNDER GLASS] vividly chronicles her [Kassinger’s] initiation into the world of indoor gardening as well as the fascinating and unlikely histories of greenhouses and the flamboyant gardens they have housed…The characters Kassinger encounters, literarily and in the flesh, are as quirky as their plants.…Kassinger’s lush writing and exotic stories will delight the armchair gardener and historian. ” (Publishers Weekly)

“A sumptuously written history of greenhouse horticulture.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Ms. Kassinger’s writing is chatty and intimate, but she has clearly done her library research.” (International Herald Tribune on Paradise Under Glass)

“Ms. Kassinger’s writing is chatty and intimate, but she has clearly done her library research.” (New York Times Book Review)

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Ruth Kassinger was at an emotional crossroads. Confronted with the death of a beloved sister, her children’s departure for college, and her own recent battle with breast cancer, she was searching for a way forward. Then one cold, gray evening, she wandered into the U.S. Botanic Garden’s conservatory—and a dream was born.

Dazzled by the vast and dense tangle of greenery, Kassinger decided to create a verdant sanctuary in her own home, even though the sum total of her previous indoor gardening experience was one neglected houseplant at the top of her basement stairs. In Paradise Under Glass, Ruth chronicles her journey from brown thumb to green, while sharing the knowledge and insights that creating and sustaining her fabulous garden has bestowed—lessons of loss and letting go, nurturing and rebirth, challenge and change, love and serenity.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006154776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,899,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ceylan Orhun on May 17, 2013
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It is a delightful book on indoor gardening!
Adventurous personal memoir and a pleasant dose of historical knowledge on indoor gardening.
Useful information on nurseries in the USA.
Last but not least most eloquently written book which is hard to let it stand for days before picked up again. A book that one does not want it to finish. I enjoyed reading it so much that I am giving it to gardening enthusiast friends as a present.
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By HML on July 14, 2014
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Loved it. I enjoy books that juxtapose a person tale with a historical development story.
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A captivating writer! If you love planting things, you'll love this book!
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