Archive for ‘Deep Thoughts’

The Rare and the Common

It’s an affliction that besets most plant lovers: the desire to obtain specimens considered “rare and choice.” Sometimes these plants are beautiful; sometimes they’re merely odd (or “bios”—of Botanical Interest Only). Their most important characteristic, however, is that no one else you know has them. (Wilfrid Blunt, author of the landmark study The Art of […]

Thinking (Seriously) about Gardening

A few weeks ago, I received an unsolicited manuscript from a fellow named Ethan Cramer, along with a cover letter asking if Timber Press would be interested in publishing his work. It’s difficult to reduce its many themes to a single sentence, but it wouldn’t be misleading to call it a systematic attempt to construct […]