Welcome to the November meeting of the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club. Once again we virtually meet to share our thoughts on a book, this time, it's Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perènyi.
Thank you to everyone who posted for the book club!
How best to start our virtual discussion? I recommend if you haven’t read any of the reviews that you start with Annie in Austin’s review, the first one listed, as she provided some excellent background information on who Eleanor is.
Annie at The Transplantable Rose
Then you can dive into the rest of the reviews and thoughts on the book in the order received or found.
Nan from Letters a Hill Farm
Jodi at Bloomingwriter
Carol at May Dreams Gardens
Mr. McGregor’s Daughter
Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening
Kris at Blithewold
Colleen at In the Garden Online
Entangled at Tangled Branches: Cultivated
Don (IBoy) at An Iowa Garden (Not sure he was officially posting for the book club, but he wrote some thoughts based on what Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening wrote, so I included a link).
Old Roses at A Gardening Year
Now, before you head off and say “that was nice, let’s move on to the next selection of the book club”, how about some virtual discussion? I’ll start us off with some questions to think about…
Over the last year, for the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club, several of us have now read books by Henry Mitchell, Charles Dudley Warner and Karel Capek, along with Eleanor Perenyi and some correspondence by Elizabeth Lawrence and Katharine S. White. As a gardener, who did you feel most in sync with and why?
If you could invite only one of these writers to dinner for a nice long discussion on gardening, who would you invite? What would you ask them?
Or is there some better garden essayist that we’ve missed out on? Who would that be?
Is there one particular thought or quote from this book or any one of the books we've read in the past that is your favorite that you think of at odd times out in the garden? What is it?
What did you like best about Perenyi's book? If you could talk to her today (and she is still alive, so it is quite possible) what would you say to her? Is there anything in her book that you would like her to clarify or expand upon?
Any other ideas to invoke discussion?
Answer as many or as few questions as you'd like. Maybe even throw out a controversial answer that will get us all stirred up! Wouldn't that be fun?!