The Armchair Book of Gardens: A Miscellany
decorated boards, 298 pp., $24.95
Savor this book slowly. Enjoy the patterned covers, the quality of the paper, and the diverse illustrations. The arrangement of text and graphics encourages the reader to examine this work in an armchair. Excerpts range from the Bible’s description of the Garden of Eden to Tom Stoppard’s biting sarcasm, from The Odyssey to Walden, interspersed with Gertrude Jekyll and the Koran. There is something for every taste and interest in this book.
Rushed, nervous, or simply frazzled? Dip into this collection and be soothed by the garden’s written word.
— Adele Kleine, Master Gardener and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden; writer for Chicagoland Gardening magazine
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