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December 2, 2019

In this week's Holiday Books section of The New York Times Book Review, Dominque Browning had this to say about Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life:

'Hope’ is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul,” wrote Emily Dickinson, of the creatures that caught her gimle...

August 30, 2018

From “My Garden” by Anna Lea Merritt

The Century Magazine, Volume LXII, No. 3, July 1901, p. 349.  Available on Google Books.

  • Sunday. You may work in the garden, because it is not really work, but all happiness and holiness. Draw the line at digging. 

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September 19, 2017

3 cups of prepared ground cherries (husks removed, washed)

1 cup sugar

zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (not powdered)

1 whole star anise

pinch of salt

Optional: “real fruit” powdered pectin

  1. Combine fruit, sugar and ginger in a large pot. Bring t...

August 14, 2016

Well before Little Women (1868-69), Louisa May Alcott wrote a book of stories about flower fairies that she had first told to Ralph Waldo Emerson's daughter, Ellen. The Alcott family had moved in across the street from the Emersons when Louisa was an adolescent. Ellen...

January 10, 2016

Doris Duke drew inspiration from the Islamic water gardens, palaces, and tombs of the Mughal empire, first seen on her honeymoon in 1935. She was especially taken by the design of the Taj Mahal. In this portion of Shangri-La, you can see the concepts adapted to a swimm...

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