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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Garden Bloggers' Book Club March Meeting

The Garden Bloggers’ Book Club meets again! We are on our fifth book and our fifth virtual meeting. Several bloggers have been faithfully participating since the beginning and I appreciate them doing so. Thank you!

For March, we’ve been reading The Gardener’s Year by Karel Čapek. Most of the participants this month posted about the book, but because we never want to exclude anyone who wants to participate but doesn’t have time to read the book, I offered that you could post about any book you’ve read about the “mind of the gardener” or how gardeners think, or your own thoughts on that topic, because that’s ultimately what this book is about, and it is funny, too.

Čapek is an unusual choice for us, but came highly recommended by several bloggers, primarily M Sinclair Stevens at Zathan Gardens . What makes this choice unusual is that Čapek is more widely known “as the most important author in Czechslovakia in the 1st half of the twentieth century” and for coining the word “robot”, not for writing a great little book about gardeners. There are several websites with information on Čapek, if you want more information on him, here’s a link to one of them.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of background information, refill you coffee mug or tea cup, sit back, and check out the reviews from all those who read the book or posted on a related topic:

Old Roses at A Gardening Year

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Annie at The Transplantable Rose

Genie at The Inadvertent Gardener

Jenn at Garden Djinn

M Sinclair Stevens at Zathan Gardens

Entangled at Tangled Branches: Cultivated

Kate Smudges in Earth, Paint and Life, new member!

Tracy at Outside

Vonlafin at Gardening with God

Gloria at Pollinators-welcome

New review from a new member added April 1st Anne at Grow This


And now, get out into the garden (if you can, its raining here as I post this) and be careful of those garden hoses!

Remember, we are going to go to a meeting every other month in the spring and summer. Our April-May selection is Passalong Plants by Steve Bender and Felder Rushing. I’ve had this book for many years, but haven’t read it for awhile. It is one of those books you can skip around in, perfect for when it is busy in the garden. And if you get to the end of May and you couldn’t find the time to read the book, you can still participate by posting about your favorite passalong plant, either one you regularly give to others, or one you received from someone else.

(Final piece of club "business"... if I missed your review, I apologize! Please leave a comment and I'll add you ASAP. Ditto if you posted a review after I posted this "virtual meeting".)

1 comment:

Gotta Garden said...

You know there's one in every group...sorry it had to be me! I've got one, finally.

http://gottagarden.blogspot.com/