My Garden (Book)

Jamaica Kincaid

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One of our finest writers on one of her greatest loves.  Jamaica Kincaid's first garden in Vermont was a plot in the middle of her front lawn. There, to the consternation of more experienced friends, she planted only seeds of the flowers she liked best. In My Garden (Book): she gathers all she loves about gardening and plants, and examines it generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination. Kincaid's affections are matched in intensity only by her dislikes. She loves spring and summer but cannot bring herself to love winter, for it hides the garden. She adores the rhododron Jane Grant, and appreciates ordinary Blue Lake string beans, but abhors the Asiatic lily. The sources of her inspiration -- seed catalogues, the gardener Gertrude Jekyll, gardens like Monet's at Giverny -- are subjected to intense scrutiny. She also examines the idea of the garden on Antigua, where she grew up. My Garden (Book): is an intimate, playful, and penetrating book on gardens, the plants that fill them, and the persons who tend them.

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MY GARDEN
PART IWISTERIAIs there someone to whom I can write for an answer to this question: Why is my Wisteria floribunda, trained into a standard so that it eventually will look like a small tree, blooming in late July, almost August, instead of May, the way wisterias in general are supposed to do? The one that is blooming out of its natural season is blue in color; I have another one similar in every way (or so I believe), except that it should show white flowers; it does not bloom at all, it only throws out long, twining stems, mixing itself up with the canes of the Rosa 'Alchymist,' which

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". . .[She] is able to do something that is almost never done in garden writing, and do it very well . . ." (Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New York Times Book Review)"

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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Jamaica Kincaid & Jonathan Galassi
Authors and Editors in Conversation Jonathan Galassi: Jamaica, this is your first novel in a decade. How has your writing changed in the intervening period and what have you been thinking about in terms of writing? Jamaica Kincaid: ?...
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Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid, novelist, memoirist, and essayist, lives in Vermont with her husband and children. She teaches at Harvard University.

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My Garden (Book)
Jamaica Kincaid

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2001
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ISBN: 9781466828742
ISBN10: 1466828749
240 pages
$9.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
May 2001
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ISBN: 9780374527761
ISBN10: 0374527768
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
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