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"This is what a garden memoir should be. Vogt's vivid, detailed descriptions
of the plants, insects, and birds that call his garden home are second only
to his ability to show how transcendent gardening can be. Beautifully written....
Highly, highly recommended."
-- Colleen Vanderlinden, author of Edible Gardening for the Midwest

"Beautifully and thoughtfully crafted."
-- Amy Stewart, Kirkus Reviews, author of Wicked Plants

"Excellent as far as it goes and I couldn't help wishing it went further.
It sketches the history of making the garden and is very evocative
about the garden itself--the author is a poet as well and it shows.
Lively, engaging, personal and entertaining."
-- Anne Wareham, author of The Bad Tempered Gardener

About the Author

Benjamin Vogt is the author of the poetry collection AFTERIMAGE. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. Benjamin’s nonfiction and poetry have appeared in such publications as American Life in Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, ISLE, Orion, Puerto del Sol, Subtropics, The Sun, and Verse Daily. He is also the author of the blog The Deep Middle where he rants about writing and his native prairie garden.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463666594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463666590
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Vogt tends a two-thousand square foot organic prairie garden, which was named a 2012 best outdoor space by Apartment Therapy and has been on two tours. His garden has been featured online at Garden Design and Fine Gardening, in print in the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, and he's appeared on several television and radio programs. Benjamin owns a native plant garden coaching and design business, Monarch Gardens, and has presented on sustainable wildlife gardening regionally at nurseries, garden clubs, libraries, and outdoor living events. In August of 2013 Benjamin spoke to over 600 people at Ignite Lincoln on the topic "Re-Prairie Lincoln: A Moral Choice." In May he spoke at the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar in IA, and in June he presented twice at the Millersville Native Plants in the Landscape conference in PA on native plant ethics in a time of climate change, and monarch butterfly gardening.

He has guest blogged for Garden Rant, Timber Press, and Gardening Gone Wild, freelanced for several publications, and writes a weekly garden design column for Houzz (70+ articles with over 1 million views) featuring topics on environmental landscaping with native plants. Benjamin also has a monthly column at the blog Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. You can find his northern Plains plant choices to replace your lawn in a book by Pam Penick: Lawn Gone! Low Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives For Your Yard. Benjamin is a board member with the Wachiska Audubon Society, a southeastern Nebraska prairie and wildlife conservation group which owns nearly 400 acres in grassland open to the public.

In addition to his garden writing, Benjamin is the author of the poetry collection Afterimage and two unpublished memoirs -- Morning Glory: A Story of Family & Culture in the Garden and Turkey Red: Memoirs of Oklahoma. His Pushcart Prize nominated poems and creative nonfiction have appeared in American Life in Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Diagram, Fugue, Hayden's Ferry Review, ISLE, Orion, Puerto del Sol, Sou'wester, Subtropics, The Sun, Verse Daily, and several anthologies including Prairie Gold (Ice Cube Press) and The Tallgrass Prairie Reader (University of Iowa Press). He has an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches English.

*** Benjamin and his wife Jackie dream of finding 40-80 acres to restore to prairie (or conserve), begin a boutique native plant and seed nursery with interactive 1 acre display garden, have an artist residency program, hold education classes for adults and kids, sponsor an annual event celebrating local food and art, and host weddings. If you know of any landowners who share our vision in eastern Nebraska or western / central Iowa, please contact us. ***

http://monarchgard.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 9, 2011
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Benjamin: Outstanding! Your love of gardening shined through like a bright star. I did not want to put the book down, so I read it in one sitting. I kept nudging Pat and having her read bits and pieces till she told me to give her the book when I was finished. We share a whole bunch of experiences. I also have a mr.-mow-all-the-time and a mr.-use-the-leaf-blower-for-hours-on-end. We even have a mr.-cut-all-his-trees-down. He lives behind us. I invite anyone who comments on our yard in for a tour, and I don't care if I sound preachy. I'll even offer them free plants! Most just say "looks like a lot of work", as in "I'm not doing this." Oh well, their loss. You gave me some ideas for our front yard. It is dry and in sun all day.

I loved your book. It was a great read, even on Kindle.

jim
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jea chapman on December 17, 2012
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This was a wonderful story of a man's love affair with his garden. The writer is a poet and it showed through this work. As a gardener, I could visualize every flower, every insect, all the birds and breezes. Quite an unexpected charmer. Read it in a quiet place because the author seems to whisper as he speaks so as not to disturb the wildlife. If you love gardening, you will love this book. If you don't love gardening, you will after you read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Stone on December 19, 2011
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Exactly what it promised to be, Sleep, Leap, Creep had me laughing on one page and crying on the next. If you've read the native gardener's bible, Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy, then you will love Benjamin's Sleep, Leap, Creep. I found myself feeling very inspired to go outside into my own yard and try to create something magical like what I imagine his backyard to be. Skip that next latte and buy this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LR on August 4, 2013
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This little gem puts heart into native gardening. This is a book of transformations, and not only of coming home, but making your space home to other forms of life.

Recommended for anybody who loves nature, or who has a yard, patio, or balcony-any type of space in or on which to grow things.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Kuntze on March 16, 2013
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Another "meh" -- sorry, fellow Nebraskan! I, too, am an experimental gardener, and I live about 50 minutes northeast of Mr. Vogt. Like Vogt, I hate leaf blowers and the neighbors who use them. I used to have a neighbor, in fact, who would use his leaf blower religiously, and then pull out his Shop Vac IN HIS YARD to pick up stray leaves/grass/mulch. Another neighbor mows his lawn twice a week -- it is a small suburban yard (like less than a quarter acre), and he uses an enormous (loud) riding lawn mower! But everyone has their pet peeves, and while I think it is great that my kids (and the neighbor kids) like to play outside in the yard and explore my messy veggie garden, shouting and laughing all the while, I am sure they drive certain neighbors up the wall. I have not invested thousands of dollars in plants, however, and I rather like trim, manicured looks (except for in the vegetable garden).

This is a small book, though, so I expected focused content. I am currently heading up a committee to create a garden at our school, and I was looking for some insight on finding plants I might not know about, or other ideas about creating a "natural" garden. Vogt has a few good ideas, but this was not a good resource book for me. Vogt claims to be a hobbyist, but there were certainly places where he could have done a little more research and added more interesting facts, rather than rambling prose. For example, in one chapter, he describes finding a bird's nest in his yard. He observes the nest, but draws his own conclusions about what was really going on. As a gardener, I would want to know more! In our area of the country, cow birds are quite common, and this might have been an interesting point to add.
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