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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World Paperback – February 26, 2008
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“A glorious book . . . deep philosophy with dirt beneath its fingernails.” —Bill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life and The End of Nature
“Truly magnificent, a treasure--one of those rare books that you hope, without knowing, will appear in your life. It will keep you in good company for years and years.”—Deborah Madison, author of The Greens Cookbook and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
“A bountiful harvest of wisdom, humor and passion by a master gardener who has spent a lifetime cultivating the soil and the spirit.” —Will Rogers, President, The Trust for Public Land
“This book is a long memory of a relationship with earth. I am in utter awe of the gusto with which Johnson tells her story. Read one paragraph and you'll long to hold dirt in your hand.” —Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind
“Part Zen Koan, part love poem to the land, part master’s manual in the art and craft of gardening, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate satisfies body, mind, and soul like a really good meal.—Michael Ableman, farmer; author of Fields of Plenty
“Flower and fruit of a lifetime’s horticultural experience, this master work goes far beyond the practical gardening advice it offers in abundance. Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate is full of profound meditations on the chemistry and poetry of botany, geology, and natural history, all rendered in Wendy’s unmistakably rich voice. An instant classic.”—Norman Fischer, teacher and founder, Everyday Zen Foundation; author of Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up
"If Earth took a human voice, it would be Wendy's: wry, fierce, passionately attentive to detail, and so startling in its wild freedom it's almost scary. . . . This book is a tonic to the soul. I dare anyone to read it and not be shaken into a fuller, gladder life.” —Joanna Macy, author World as Lover, World as Self
Top Customer Reviews
I am about a third of the way through Gardening at the Dragon's Gate and already I am sad that it will eventually end. I do know, however, that once I have read it through I can have the pleasure of opening it at any point and enjoying it again, and again.
It is a book about gardening, about nature, about life, written beautifully, at times touching, at times funny. More than once I've found myself sitting on the bus reading it with tears suddenly stinging my eyes.
In fact, what am I doing sitting here, when I could be reading!?
In "Gardening at the Dragons Gate" the author has gifted us with a wondrous book which cannot be pigeon-holed.....a how-to manual for life? a gardeners treatise? a Zen prayer book? Wendy Johnson has woven many beautiful strands into an enthralling, inspiring book that gently calls on us to re-connect and re-learn our place in the natural world.
P.S. I have tried to purchase at chain bookstores, in order to gift others, but it is not available, so thank you, Amazon, for giving us access to hard-to-find books!
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wonderful writing on one of my favorite subjects. Highly recommmeded.Published 11 months ago by Rosemary Powell
This book is more of a gardening narrative than a how-to book. However, hidden in this engaging book are little nuggets of information that could lead to discoveries in your... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Daniel R Carrasco
For the first time, i feel the condition of the book was misrepresented. It had library labels on the inside and outside covers as well as a few pages. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Debra McDaniel
This is a biography, gardening how to with some zen Buddhism all mixed into a wonderful story. I would love to see the gardens at Dragon's Gate. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Absolutely delightful, earthy writing by a long-time practitioner of buddhism and gardening. My girlfriend and I read passages to each other over breakfast every morning.Published on August 16, 2013 by Mark Twain
If you are a Buddhist you will more than likely love this book. I am not and it was not what I thought it would be. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Bamboochik