October 3, 2008

Book Review: Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, by Wendy Johnson


This delicately illustrated guidebook to gardening is part technical how-to and part love story with the land. Head gardener at the San Fran Zen Center’s organic Green Gulch farm for 25 years, Johnson’s subtle Buddhist teachings are rooted in personal experience, which makes them far from preachy and a good reminder that these are skills to actually cultivate, not just read about. I’ve been going through this book slowly, soaking in the groundedness and comfort of Johnson’s voice, the way that you might linger over the rich flavor of a freshly plucked apple. 



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