People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening

Robin Chotzinoff, Author, Chotzinoff, Author John Wiley & Sons $27.95 (206p) ISBN 978-0-02-860990-4
There's no better antidote to the dreary non-gardening months than a great read, and in this gallery of colorful portraits, Chotzinoff, a columnist for Garden Design, delivers one of the most amusing, eclectic gardening books in recent memory. Curiosity led her to some unusual corners of the U.S.-locales as different as a Louisiana bayou, a New Mexico chile farm, an elegant Virginia estate and Manhattan's wild underbelly to name just a few-where she met with diverse and offbeat gardeners to find out what makes them tick. The result is a series of lively and highly entertaining interviews. Her subjects, sensing a kindred spirit in Chotzinoff, prove a winningly chatty group, and the author makes the most of their willingness to run on about their individual passions-be they rustling roses in Texas, collecting heirloom seeds or growing prize-winning giant tomatoes with names like ""Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter."" Pull the chair up closer to the fire, sit back and enjoy the company. This group is sheer delight. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/22/1996
Release date: 01/01/1996
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-15-600515-9
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