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Put down those seed catalogs and step away from the graph paper and pencil sketches of next year’s vegetable patch.  It’s time to discuss an altogether different type of winter gardening pastime. And the timing is ripe for selecting holiday gifts for friends and family—and yourself!

These are not the typical gardening how-to, build-this, plant-me, design-lesson, travel-guide. To my mind, winter is for reading—and rereading—memoirs, compiled essays, and epistolary exchanges all having to do with my favorite subject: a gardener gardening.

And my favorites always seem to pose the same question:

What are we really talking about when we talk about gardening?

Green Thoughts by Eleanor Perenyi, 1981, Random House
This book is, and always will remain, a sentimental favorite as it was on Ms. Perenyi’s strong opinions, erudite language, and blunt admonishments, that I first honed my horticultural reading chops.

Epitaph for a Peach, Four Seasons on my Family Farm by David Mas Masumoto, 1996, HarperOne
“Frustrated and desperate, I wrote about my peaches and sent the story to the Los Angeles Times.” Thus begins this beautiful story of a man’s Herculean effort to save his f...


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