paper, 208 pp., $28.95
Frank and Vicky Giannangelo give the reader insights into organic gardening and also into coping with the world around us. Their backgrounds were not originally in gardening, but after they were married in 1986 they became interested in organic gardening, first in Arizona and later in New Mexico. They write that this is "the evolving story of our endeavors to bring about a planned harmony between ourselves, our world, and the people around us."
This book is a delight to read. It is divided into sections by season, with each season having a fitting epigraph. The chapter titles alone are intriguing: Lost in Anticipation, Life Scales, A Stricken World, or Stretching Out. These descriptions are an indication that you will learn not only about how to tend your garden but also your relationships. The black-and-white photographs by Vicky Giannangelo are charming: a garden with iris, catmint, a kitty and thyme, a wonderful close-up of bees getting nectar from the center of a flower. The authors offer some useful tips on gardening and philosophy, saying, "In the end, the garden is an anchor that holds us fast in our place in the universe."
— Joan Richards, library volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden