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CULTIVATING DELIGHT

 

Cultivating Delight is a poetic book about gardens, growth, our relationship with nature, the intimate lives of animal neighbors, the zaniness of some famous gardeners; questions of mortality, garden etiquette, curiosity and wonder; how a garden becomes an extension of the self and can give an important shape to one’s life.

   

 

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"Understated elegance, lush language, historical and scientific nuggets, artful digressions and apt quotations.... an enchanting book. If flowers could choose their keepers, I bet there’d be a queue for the spacious yard in Ithaca, N.Y., of which Cultivating Delight offers a tour. Ackerman’s attention to detail is as delicious as her voluptuous joy in contemplating the wax-candle luminosity of a magnolia’s petals. {She is} excellent company on every page, wearing her knowledge with enviable insouciance. Life, according to many religions, begins and ends in a garden. Reading Ackerman’s book reminds us that we too can make our paradise here and that tranquility can be achieved contemplating the petals of a rose." — The New York Times Book Review


"Combining a poet's sensibility with a scientist's love of fact, Diane Ackerman offers us An Alchemy of Mind, a brilliant distillation of the mysterious intersection of metaphysics, and the physical world, all delivered in miraculously readable prose." — Elle Magazine 


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