Free Downloads
Thoreau's Garden

Henry David Thoreau went alone to Walden Pond in 1845 and observed the ferns and turtleheads, the sundrops and spatterdocks, and the other beautiful native plants that formed a natural garden around his cabin. He walked the woods and fields and penned his observations in his journals. Noted plantsman Peter Loewer combines excerpts from Thoreau's journals with his own botanical illustrations and comments. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Stackpole Books (August 1, 1996)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0811717283

ISBN-13: 978-0811717281

Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #2,676,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #82 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > New England #5135 in Books > Science & Math > Biological Sciences > Plants #61864 in Books > Science & Math > Nature & Ecology

Pick any subject, it seems, and odds are good that someone has compiled a volume of Thoreau quotes about it. But "Thoreau's Garden" is not a mere collection of his observations about plants (actually: 47 plants, 2 trees, and one insect). Author Peter Loewer has combined Henry's pithy journal entries with supporting details about each specimen. Included are descriptions of the leaves, flowers, fruit, and soil preferences. A follow-up essay for each one provides the history and biology of the plant, how it is pollinated, its possible medicinal uses, and gardening tips. Each entry is accompanied by a beautiful and detailed line drawing, which must have been done by the author, since no additional illustration credit appears. Here we can learn more about ferns and berries, goldenrods and grasses. Readers can even get a glimpse of the "disgusting ... yet very suggestive" fungus (Phallus impudicus) that Thoreau railed about in October 1856, pondering "Pray, what was Nature thinking of when she made this? She almost puts herself on a level with those who draw in privies." (pp. 156-158)Loewer used as his reference the index in the Dover two-volume reprint of Thoreau's journals, which is indeed a helpful starting point but is far from complete. If he had consulted Ray Angelo's meticulous "Botanical Index to the Journal of Henry David Thoreau," his task would have been much more daunting. Picking only 50 samples from a single-spaced list spanning 144 pages would be a challenge. And because Loewer at one time was affiliated with the Botanical Gardens of Asheville (NC), he can be forgiven for adding some Southern species and cultivars that Thoreau would never have seen.Similar in design and coverage to Laura C. Martin's "Wildflower Folklore" but with a Thoreauvian twist, this book is a nice selection for nature library shelves.

This author is awesome; his writing is informative and lyrical--a real treat to read. Each of his books offers something new.

I had been reading, and admiring, this book for two years when I found out that Mr. Loewer worked on the same Environmental Show as myself: we are all vols, so it is no wonder we have never met. This book is truely a showcase of Mr. Loewer's talents': THOREAU'S WRITINGS ARE ALWAYS THERE, BUT THE PLAY 2ND FIDDLE TO THE WONDER OF AMERICA'S NATURAL BEAUTY. Great effort: a must for any lover of native plants.

Thoreau's Garden The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail: A Play Indoor Gardening: 12 Creative Gardening Tips on Garden Design. Discover the Ultimate Small Garden Ideas for Creating the Garden of Your Dreams (Indoor Gardening, garden design, indoor plants) Northwest Top 10 Garden Guide: The 10 Best Roses, 10 Best Trees--the 10 Best of Everything You Need - The Plants Most Likely to Thrive in Your Garden ... Most Important Tasks in the Garden Each Month Garden of Secrets Past: An English Garden Mystery (English Garden Mysteries) The Garden Journal, Planner and Log Book: Repeat successes & learn from mistakes with complete personal garden records. 28 adaptable year-round forms, ... (The Garden Journal Log Books) (Volume 1) Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting and More Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book (Paper)) The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water The vegetable garden: illustrations, descriptions, and culture of the garden vegetables of cold and temperate climates The Vegetable Garden: Illustrations, Descriptions and Culture of Garden Vegetables of Cold and Temperate Climates The Winter Garden (Plants and Gardens, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Record, Vol 47, No 4, Winter 1991) A Garden for Life: The Natural Approach to Designing, Planting, and Maintaining a North Temperate Garden The Winter Garden: Create a Garden that Shines Through the Forgotten Season Florida Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers (Garden Guides) Ohio Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers (Garden Guides) Georgia Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers (Garden Guides) Pennsylvania Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers (Garden Guides) Amish Garden: A Year In The Life Of An Amish Garden