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The Philosophy of Gardening: Essays

The Philosophy of Gardening: Essays

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Edited by Blanka Stolz & Translated by Karen Caruana

For philosophizing gardeners and anyone who likes to pick up a spade and get their hands dirty

Gardeners discover a new world every year - whether they're cultivating heirloom vegetables, foraging for wild herbs, creating a small permaculture garden on a city balcony, or maintaining a plot for self-sufficiency.

But why garden at all? These personal essays by writers, designers, and master gardeners dig into gardening's philosophical dimensions and tend to the aesthetic, cultural, political, and sociological implications of gardens and the people who keep them.

Originally published in German, this delightful volume addresses gardening's most deep-rooted questions and highlights the magic that, year after year, makes us pick up a shovel and get back into the garden.

Awarded the German Garden Book Prize in the Best Garden Prose Category

What is remarkable is that the publication project is something very individual... the spectrum ranges from the 'plea for weeds' to the 'metaphysics' of the garden to urban gardening and garden shows, and the realization that gardens are 'hopelessly ambivalent' - all in all a very interesting volume." - Jury Citation

Karen Caruana has been practising the craft of translation for over 15 years now, working from German and French into English. When not mulling over words, she is an avid gardener (she once operated an organic herb farm), a passionate environmentalist, teaches yoga, and enjoys spending time outdoors. She lives in Marmora, Ontario.

Blanka Stolz is a writer and editor, and co-founder of the German publisher Mairisch Verlag. She has, during two summers on the Swiss mountain farm Munt la Reita, spent a lot of time in the garden. She lives in Berlin, Germany.