Wed January 16, 2013
"The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life" by Margaret Roach
Former Editorial Director of Martha Stewart, Margaret Roach, has been harvesting thirty years of backyard parables - deceptively simple, instructive stories from a life spent digging ever deeper-and has distilled them in this memoir along with her best tips for garden making, discouraging all manner of animal and insect opponents, at-home pickling, and more.
After ruminating on the bigger picture in her memoir And I Shall Have Some Peace There, Margaret Roach has returned to the garden, insisting as ever that we must garden with both our head and heart, or as she expresses it, with "horticultural how-to and woo-woo."
In The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life, Roach uses her fundamental understanding of the natural world, philosophy, and life to explore the ways that gardening saved and instructed her, and meditates on the science and spirituality of nature, reminding her readers and herself to keep on digging.
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