One of our finest writers on one of her greatest loves.Jamaica Kincaid's first garden in Vermont was a plot in the middle of her front lawn. There, to the consternation of more experienced friends, she planted only seeds of the flowers she liked best. In My Garden (Book): she gathers all she loves about gardening and plants, and examines it generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination. Kincaid's affections are matched in intensity only by her dislikes. She loves spring and summer but cannot bring herself to love winter, for it hides the garden. She adores the rhododron Jane Grant, and appreciates ordinary Blue Lake string beans, but abhors the Asiatic lily. The sources of her inspiration seed catalogues, the gardener Gertrude Jekyll, gardens like Monet's at Giverny are subjected to intense scrutiny. She also examines the idea of the garden on Antigua, where she grew up. My Garden (Book): is an intimate, playful, and penetrating book on gardens, the plants that fill them, and the persons who tend them.
This is not your typical gardening book, but then, Jamaica Kincaid is not your typical garden writer. An acclaimed novelist and Harvard English professor, Kincaid, it turns out, is also a fanatical gardener. For anyone who relishes garden literature, My Garden (Book) is an unexpected treat, something akin to discovering a patch of Fritillaria persica in spring you'd forgotten you'd planted in fall.