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GreenPrints - Autumn 2005

  • Subtitle: The Weeder's Digest
  • Issue Number: Number 63
  • Published Date: Autumn 2005
  • Publication Cycle: Quarterly
"To dig one's own spade into one's own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this?" So muses Beverley Nichols in Down the Garden Path. An excerpt of this 1932 gardener's delight, along with a variety of inspirational and humorous stories for the green-thumbed, appear in this issue of Green Prints. If Nichols's sentiment matches your own, put down your spade and take out a subscription, because this unique journal is all about the delights (and frustrations) of gardening. Thoughtful essays offer insight into the rewards of seemingly pointless garden work, as in Becky Rupp's "To Rake", which posits: "To rake is to defy the cold months. We're looking ahead to spring here, building a bridge through the blizzards between past and future gardens." Simone Martel's "Yellow Quinces," in which the author goes into labor in her garden, is a lovely think piece about the work, faith, and forces of nature that are needed to bring thriving plants as well as children into the world. On the lighter side, Jeff Taylor offers "The Return of Gomer, Part II" a (you guessed it) garden-themed whodunit; Mike McGrath fights the lawn in "Field of Green"; and over-abundant fruit trees shower a family in apples in Karen Kirkwood's "No Fruit, Please!" Short humor, poems, and readers' tales round out the issue. []
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Review Posted on September 30, 2005

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