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Deep Rooted Wisdom

Great reviews for my March 2014  book from Timber Press.

It’s a plea for us to take gardening back from the marketing companies and  a plea for organic gardening told through stories of old gardener, farmers and country people.

Gardening used to be a simple and sincere part of life.  It was done to feed the body and soul, and it was a part of caring for the earth.  It’s changed drastically, becoming a style competition,  a shopping experience, and contributing to pollution and resource waste.  Building on old school lessons, Jenks Farmer weaves stories of wise gardeners with the most modern science and artful design toward gardening and living more gently for the earth and ourselves.

Felder Rushing, one of America’s most respected gardeners and founder of the Slow Gardening movement says,

“Don’t just pick this up as a gardening guide; as you pick this man’s amazed brain, and read between the lines for glimpses of his wry humor… feel his loving heart as well.”

Each chapter is organized in four sections.  First, Jenks introduces two experienced gardeners, their homes and a specific lesson to be learned from them.  Second, through narrative, he analyses how we got to where we are regarding that lesson, including how modern horticulture deals with it.  Third, Jenks describes how he’s merged old and new on his own farm, in various botanical gardens and private landscapes, and how these methods can work for anyone. Finally, each chapter ends with a contribution from a nationally known gardener explaining how they see the topic at hand.

Most of my gardener mentors interview in the book are self taught, dirty handed gardeners.  But some are kind of renowned for their expertise like; Ruth Knopf, Francis Parker, David Haskell, Linda Proffitt, Jim Martin and Ryan Gainey.

Some subjects explored include:

Press About the Book:

Garden and Gun April 2014

Blog Timber Press April 2014

Review Lowcountry Weekly April 2014

Weekly Hubris,  May 2014

The American Gardener, August 2014