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" ‘Mentors in the Garden of Life’ is different from any gardening book I have read,” he says. “The pages are filled with the people who colored Colleen's life with the love of gardening. This is a testimony that graces the folks who passed on gardening knowledge, mostly, to her from the earliest days 'til present.

“One of Colleen's abilities is the knack of bringing these people to life, so much so that their personages form in your mind so clearly that you might have a conversation with them.”

'Thoughtful Gardening'

Along with several writers in yesterday’s post, Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine, recommends “Robin Lane Fox's book “Thoughtful Gardening” (Basic Books, $29.95). “His short essays are interesting, informative, and based on 40 years of gardening, writing, and traveling to gardens around the world,” she says.

“While I was taken aback by his negative opinions of some environmentalists and organic gardeners, I think he is mainly reacting to starry-eyed enthusiasm that can be based more on wishful thinking than evidence. The book is ‘thoughtful,’ and it does encourage us all to think more cogently about our own positions.”

Click here to see a wonderful video of Mr. Fox’s garden and hear him talk about gardening.

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