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Gardening in Eden

Gardening in Eden, by Arthur Vanderbilt, is a book of joyous illuminations.

Arthur Vanderbilt manages to bring us a book that is filled with the glory of gardening. With delightful and descriptive word-paintings (that fill our senses with tapestries of color, textures, seasons, scents and sounds), we can visualize and feel the magical beauty of Vanderbilt’s garden, from first plantings to the last moments of breath and beauty.

He injects humor, with his witty prose, and also shows us his emotions during a doldrum winter’s day or two. But, he manages to perk himself up and find illumination and joy within those bleak and chilled days, taking steps to make the most of the moment. We come to understand that anxiety and impatience are a gardener’s trademarks…spring might be around the corner, but it can’t arrive soon enough.

Arthur Vanderbilt takes us on a magic tour of his garden, takes us on a delightful and glorious journey through seasons and weather elements. He defines, with perfect clarity, that in the end, our efforts to create natural beauty in our garden can be fruitful, with patience and love.

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