Grace from the Garden - An Inspirational Garden Book.
- Subject: [cg] Grace from the Garden - An Inspirational Garden Book.
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 09:39:18 EDT
- Content-language: en
Some of you may remember when author Debra Landwehr Engle visited the ACGA
listserve, about two years ago, to find community gardeners to interview for a
book that she was writing for the Rodale Press.
The project grew into this really cute, hardcover book, with a pair of dirt
covered gardener's hand holding a very large apple on the cover (I'd love like
to find the variety: either the hands are those of a kid, or it's a Gala
apple on steroids!) Because this book is a tiny thing, (h 7 1/4" x w5 1/8",
240 pgs) it fits well in a garden bag or the hand of a skeptical decisionmaker
who doesn't understand how one can save the world, one garden at a time.
The book is a remarkable tribute to gardeners who make a difference
throughout the country feeding folks, teaching kids, creating community through
community gardens, helping people heal from disease , child abuse and the ravages of
war... and a couple of forgettable pages about a wiseguy in NYC - no author is
Here's the publisher's blurb.
Now I won't sell anything on this listserve, except ACGA membership, but the
price (which is a hair under $20 in the US, $30 in Canada, cheaper if you use
one of those on-line sources) wouldn't break your local public library's
budget, if you know what I mean.
"Grace From The Garden
Changing the World
One Garden At A Time
by Debra Landwehr Engle
In these pages, we travel the country with Debra Landwehr Engle as she visits
20 gardens and gardeners from California to Maine and Minnesota to Arkansas,
showing us that grassroots campaigns actually can and do involve roots — and
seeds and garden trowels. That any person with a steadfast resolve and an open
patch of dirt can help bridge the gap between multinational refugees. That
lush vegetation and running water and cool stones can help spark the fading
memories of our elderly. And that our children can learn about where food comes
from, labyrinths, wetlands systems, and healing from grief and loss just by
digging in the earth with a caring adult hand to guide them.
As the stories in this remarkable collection demonstrate, the simplest act of
gardening can produce significant changes in the lives of people we might
never even meet. Consider the man who sends seedlings and greenhouses halfway
around the world to feed hospital patients, or the immigrant woman who began
selling her own flowers as a way to raise money for overseas charities, or the
couple who offers their land as a midday retreat for the residents of nearby
nursing homes. These acts and others are not heroic — or even unusual — as Ms.
Engle tells us. We see ourselves in these uplifting tales from the garden, as
they inspire us to transform our own little parts of the world into places of
greater peace, repose, play and healing. For gardeners, community activists, and
those who understand the spiritual value of putting spade in the soil, these
notes capture the promise renewed each time we plant a seed and give us fresh
ideas for changing the world, one garden at a time."
Debra Engle's stories and essays have appeared in Country Home, Country
Gardens, and Better Homes and Gardens magazines, as well as other regional and
national publications. She live in Madison County, Iowa, with her husband, Bob and
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