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Paradise Under Glass: An American Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden Reviewed By Allan Becker of Bookpleasures.com
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Allan Becker

Reviewer Allan Becker: Allan has been designing and planting flower gardens, since he was a teenager in the 1960's. Now retired from the soft goods industry, where he held several positions in design, product development, and marketing, he has turned his passion for gardening into a second career, as a garden designer for private clients in Montreal, Canada.


In spring and summer, he provides his assistants, most college students, who transform his designs into flower gardens. In winter, he reviews books on garden-related topics for Bookpleasures.com and writes a Gardening Blog.

Allan earned a B.A. from McGill University, followed by two years of studies in design at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia). He lives in the Montreal suburb of Cote St. Luc, Quebec with his wife and travels regularly to Toronto and Boston to visit his children and grandchildren.




 
By Allan Becker
Published on April 15, 2010
 

Author: Ruth Kassinger
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0-06-154774-4


Author: Ruth Kassinger
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0-06-154774-4

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The publisher would have us believe that this book is a history of growing plants in glass houses. It is far more than that. This is a chronicle of one person’s wade into unknown waters and returning strengthened by the experience. Richly detailed anecdotes, drawn from the world of botany, history, science, and backed by a bibliography of over 90 publications, are spun into fascinating tales that create a background to a story of personal triumph. For in the end, this book, ostensibly about botany and horticulture, is really a story about loss and letting go, about nurturing and rebirth, and about love and serenity.

The story begins at a low point in the author’s personal life, when a convergence of events ignites the author’s desire for a conservatory of her own. Her children are away at college, a sister has recently dies of a brain tumor, and the author herself has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. A walk through Washington D.C. on a cold winter evening brings her to the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory where she is dazzled by the jungle of greenery. It was ironic that she should choose to grow plants indoors, as an affirmation of life; up until then, she had been unable to care for even one houseplant. This publication, therefore, is the chronicle of the author’s personal growth from a low ebb in her life to the crest of a new found passion for horticulture.

Through a talent for story telling, the author takes us on a journey  through the historical evolution of residential greenhouses, the sea voyages and adventures of 18th and 19th century plant collectors, and the history of the development of Botanic scholarship. Readers will learn how to shop for and populate a conservatory, about the history of the toxic pesticide industry, and how installing a swimming pool in a home conservatory changes the dynamics of family life.

Furthermore, one is taught about the evolution of the plant breeding business, how to grow food on walls in order to save precious land, and why we should look forward to algae providing us with inexpensive energy for our power plants, cars, and planes. Moreover, readers will learn, in a most touching way, that for each of us there is a defining moment when paradise on earth is revealed, in most unlikely places.

One will discover that this is more than just a chronicle of the history of conservatories, greenhouses, hot houses, winter gardens, and solariums. Be prepared to be enchanted by stories of travel, adventure, and rebirth. It is the sign of a great author who can take several seemingly unrelated topics and synergize them into a subject of substance. I have just finished reading an intricately woven tapestry.

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