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Bowers is a botanist--that is, someone who studies plants. She did not consider herself a gardener until recently. Now, however, her passions are compost; the birds, butterflies, and lizards that inhabit her garden; and the food webs they represent. Bowers's essays evoke the fascination of gardens yet accept the contradictions involved in creating a natural world that is, in fact, unnatural, for her vegetables and riotous flowers are unsuited to life in her desert home. Nonetheless, this is a delightful garden journal that all gardeners, especially those in the Southwest, will appreciate. Bowers is also the author of The Mountains Next Door ( LJ 9/1/91).
- Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Bowers's essays evoke the wonder and fascination of gardens. . . . a delightful garden journal that all gardeners, especially those in the Southwest, will appreciate."—Library Journal

"She cogently demystifies some of the organic farmer's seemingly irrational methods. . . . reflective and informed nature writing."—Kirkus Reviews

"The inspiration to be out in the garden is overwhelming, and the book must be set down to be returned to later. Again and again."—Seedhead News

"She writes with the same vigor and grace she brings to the ordering of her garden and to her keen observation and recording of the life, both vegetable and animal, that teems within its suburban Tucson borders....Although there are facts amusing, useful or stimulating aplenty in these essays, there's not one that needs to be dusted before tasting. Each one is as fresh as a sun-warmed tomato straight from the vine."—Arizona Daily Star

"Bowers's 16 essays remind us that paradise can be found in our own back yards and that a lifetime can be spent learning all about it. . . . Enjoyable and thought-provoking."—Audubon Naturalist News
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press; 1st edition (December 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816513570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816513574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 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: #2,360,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderful tome by Janice Emily Bowers. These essays combine gardening, ecology and self reflection with a wonderful use of vocabulary. Thoroughly enjoyable; definitely not a one-read book!
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As I sat reading under the shade of a mesquite tree on a hot suburban Tucson afternoon, I turned the page to the essay titled "The Eye of The Dragonfly" and a giant dragonfly landed on the corner of my book and we simply stared into each other's eyes. His appearance magically enhanced my understanding of Ms Bowers' thoughtful observations.
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This has been my favorite book of the year. It is a balance of practicality and poetry, and of observations of daily life with philosophical questions. I recommend this book to everyone who has ever owned a bit of land or ever wanted to.
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