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Cultivating Delight

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Cultivating Delight

A Natural History of My Garden

By Diane Ackerman

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060505363, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2002


In the mode of her bestseller A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman celebrates the sensory pleasures of her garden through the seasons. Whether she is deadheading flowers or glorying in the profusion of roses, offering sugar water to a hummingbird or studying the slug, she welcomes the unexpected drama and extravagance as well as the sanctuary her garden offers.

Written in sensuous, lyrical prose, Cultivating Delight is a hymn to nature and to the pleasure we take in it.

Praise For Cultivating Delight

“Diane Ackerman takes us down the garden path with a renewed sense of awe …[and] enlightened eyes.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Ackerman’s rich prose is a bridge to a world of discovery.”

“An enchanting intellectual sensualist … Ackerman buzzes productively from idea to revelation to insight … [with] breezy philosophical lyricism.”
-Publishers Weekly (* Starred Review *)

"Lyrical, knowledgeable and imaginative."

“A fascinating tour of plant mythology and fact …[Ackerman] plays both sleuth and poet.”