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People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening

People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening
Robin Chotzinoff
New York: Macmillan
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cloth, 205 p., $22

This series of vignettes of fascinating characters who garden cannot fail to fascinate even their less fanatical fellow plant people. Rose rustlers, urban guerrillas dropping sacks of stable manure into the yards of the unsuspecting and elderly relatives who taught seamlessly interwoven lessons of gardening and life are among the delightful people many of us would like to meet, and thank, for their dedication. Few of us will ever rescue a large wooded property from neglect and transform it into a showplace, but every reader will be touched and moved by the examples of those who, in their own special way, have made a difference and encourage us to do the same. There is a certain nutty logic in the garden of a man who grows 450 tomato plants because it's impossible to buy a really good tomato. Well, you get the idea. You'll enjoy this book.

— John F. Swenson, Volunteer, Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden