I was flattered when Ricki Grady (whom you may know from the gardening blog Sprig to Twig) handed me a copy of her book BeBop Garden. To author a book and then hand to it another, wondering what they’ll make of it, must be such a strange and wonderful mix of emotions. The “yet to be read section” of my home library has grown significantly over the last couple of months. A few birthday gifts, several books I brought home from the Garden Bloggers Fling, and a couple of others I’ve picked up along the way, all garden related of course. Most will be tackled over the upcoming winter months, however BeBop Garden went to the top of the stack! I figured it for just the right book to curl up with in the garden on a sunny afternoon, and I was right.
Ricki’s book is a mix of gardening advice (the kind you get from someone who has figured it out on her own) and garden “talk.” It’s this garden talk that I enjoyed most, it’s the kind of easy banter you have with a good gardening friend. Ricki put it best when she wrote “What I really want to do, in writing about gardening, is convey the wide spectrum of pleasures it makes available. A great sense of community, so lacking in the modern world, swirls around you as soon as you pick up a trowel.”
Yes, that’s it, community! She goes on “The ageism and sexism known to creep stealthily into so many of life’s arenas are resoundingly absent. Male or female, you can garden at any age. You will be valued for your enthusiasm at the early stages; as you mature, you will be valued for your wisdom and experience.”
I also appreciate her take on this bit of professional advice “When you take on a task in the garden, do just that one thing. Carry only the tool for that specific chore, and do not allow yourself to be sidetracked by other tasks crying out for attention.”…Ricki countered…”Efficiency in the garden is something to be avoided on peril of missing out on some quirky sight”…hallelujah! I mow my small patch of lawn with a reel mower. I love the slow pace of discovery it allows. I frequently stop to pull a dead leaf, admire a flower, or look closer at some new development. Zooming around with some gas powered monstrosity might be the efficient way to get the job done but that is not what it’s all about! She knows of what she writes.
BeBop Garden (the title a reference to Ricki’s desire to be in a jazz band…a dream she she’s been able to sort of realize in the garden, where she can put together one “jazzy composition” after another) is available on Amazon in paperback and in a Kindle edition, or you can leave a comment on this post and on Monday the 26th I’ll draw a random winner who I’ll send a copy to! (copy given to me by the publisher for the purpose of a give away).
For the sake of making this fun (for me at least) your comment should include the name of the very first plant you planted in your garden, and if you feel like it tell us why this was "the" plant. Or if you are a wannabe gardener how about the first plant you hope to put in a future garden?...(Continental U.S. residents only (sorry!) and please make sure I've got a way to contact you if you win, if your comment doesn't include a link to your blog or website please include an email address).
Thank you Ricki for allowing me to be one of the first readers of your book! (and congrats!)