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Farther Afield

Farther Afield

A Gardener's Excursions

Allen Lacy

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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In this splendid collection of short essays, gardener, writer, and professor Allen Lacy takes readers on a series of garden excursions, beginning at home. Lacy writes of his experiences with a variety of plants--evening primrose, prairie gentian, sumac, coreopsis, fuchsias, gloriosa lilies--in his own garden in New Jersey. Then he charts his travels to other gardens, in the United States, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands. Final essays in Farther Afield include a discussion of garden writing, profiles of other horticulturists, and humorous pieces on cats and houseplants, and, of course, flamingoes.

Praise for Farther Afield

“He has book learning and hands-on experience aplenty, but his most powerful teaching took is infectious enthusiasm. ” —Christopher Reed, Horticulture

“Lacy writes with a delightfully wicked sense of humor and an abiding sympathy for the green world and that strange beast, the gardener.” —Jane Pepper, Philadelphia Inquirer


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Allen Lacy

Allen Lacy is professor of philosophy at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the author of numerous books on gardening, including The Garden in Autumn and The Glory of Roses. He lives in Linwood, New Jersey.

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