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Growing Home: Stories of Ethnic Gardening

Growing Home: Stories of Ethnic Gardening
Susan Davis Price
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press
Publication Date: 
ISBN 0-816-63305-3

cloth, 195 p., $34.95

Gardens are a tonic for the homesick and the nostalgic, memory palaces to bring back different times and places in a new world. Susan Davis Price explores the ways in which gardeners with plants, soil, techniques and effort reconstruct their visions of exotic and sometimes forgotten places. Five chapters treat gardens created for visual impact as well as those designed for the kitchen. In Carlton County south of Duluth, Minnesota, Karla and Charlie created a landscape full of birches and evergreens and a sauna surrounded by phlox, to remember Finland. For 33 Korean elders in Minneapolis, the Korean Peace Garden is "their life" with unique plants such as the suk or Artemisia vulgaris used in soups and salads. Beatrice handles in her garden many of her Ugandan favorites, such as walking onions or Allium cepa, cucumbers, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Filled with photographs by John Gregor, this book will inspire many to explore their horticultural roots. Why not fill a garden with ugbogoro?

— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office at the Chicago Botanic Garden.