A longtime city dweller and expert storyteller, Dorothy Sucher takes a fresh look at the world of gardening in Vermont, tapping the palpable connection between the mysteries of the earth and those of the human spirit.
With vividness and humor, Sucher's narrative reveals the many facets of gardening-the profound satisfaction of shaping a landscape, the generous spirit of a land-based community, and the fingerprint individuality expressed in a neighbor's flower bed. Sucher's invisible garden is the territory where nature can trigger memory and emotion through associations that are personal or mythic, pleasurable or painful. Her stories range from the strangers who arrive to help after a storm, to an elderly widow who practices "Evil Eye gardening," to the prodigy who creates his first topiary at the age of six. When Sucher decides to build a pond, her frustrations transform meditations on nature into memories of her mother's final years. Like Under the Tuscan Sun and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, The Invisible Garden celebrates the resonating sublimity in nature and the soul's inner reach. A lovely book with woodcuts by Mary Azarian.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Dorothy Sucher is the author of two mystery novels, Dead Men Don't Give Seminars and Dead Men Don't Marry. She and her husband divide their time between suburban Washington and their Vermont farmhouse.From Kirkus Reviews:
Mystery writer Sucher (Dead Men Don't Marry, 1989, etc.) liked the blue farmhouse she bought in northern Vermont, but she really got her teeth into the landscape, and the landscape got its teeth into her, shaking loose fine stories of her efforts to shape the place. The farm Sucher bought was tumbledown, and the land looked the same. So nongardener Sucher stared slowly, tentatively, to make inroads into thicket and bramble. Her education in the landscape, in the earthlaying out a looping pathway, putting in a pond, encouraging a wildflower meadowstarted at ground zero: she often had to reinvent the wheel (she finally figured out what to do with the brush she cleared: start a brush pile!) or learn how water got to the tap. There are graceful passages about why it seemed natural to her to feel reverence toward giant granite foundation stones, and on the eerie sublimity of a century-old 19-acre white pine forestprized, pruned, and selectively culled for decades''that is blown down in a windstorm. And there are the private associations, the invisible garden, where ``we bring to bear our previous life experiences, our memories of childhood and travel, our family relations, our reading, our dreams and aspirations, our moral standards and character flaws, our sensuality and grandiosity and spirituality.'' Building the pond reminds her of her mother's last years, equal parts tender and melancholic, and the pathway sparks a terrific tale about her grandfather sharing with her the carpenter's trade secret, a 3-4-5 right triangle made out of string. It is startling to come across bromides like ``things that don't last forever can still be worthwhile'' and ``a path is like a life,'' but that is only because the rest of the writing is so civilized. Few commune so keenly with their landscape as Sucher, whose sense of place is bona fide and imaginative. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Counterpoint, DC, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Azarian, Mary (illustrator). 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing). Woodcuts by Mary Azarian. Bookseller Inventory # 047156
Book Description Counterpoint, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111582430268
Book Description Counterpoint. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1582430268 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0692802