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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work…

Gardening at the Dragon's Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated… (2008)

by Wendy Johnson

Other authors: Davis Te Selle (Illustrator)

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Wonderfully written book. Loved it!
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  tippycanoegal | Apr 1, 2013 |
Lovely - as much a memoir and philosophizing done well, as cookbook and garden reverie. The author has spent more than 30 years gardening and meditating at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center near San Francisco (on the way to Muir Woods and Stinson Beach!) in Marin. ( )
  RuTemple | Jun 24, 2008 |
Beautifully written book about a beautiful place. I never realized how perfectly the act of gardening meshes with the spiritual life. ( )
  libq | May 14, 2008 |
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THIS BOOK is dedicated to the garden,
a field far beyond form and emptiness.

And to Peter, for a lifetime of love and work.
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When I was a brand-new gardener, I planted my first bed of sweet corn at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, San Francisco Zen Center's training monastery deep in the Ventana wilderness east of Big Sur in central California.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553378031, Paperback)

Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate is fundamental work that permeates your entire life. It demands your energy and heart, and it gives you back great treasures as well, like a fortified sense of humor, an appreciation for paradox, and a huge harvest of Dinosaur kale and tiny red potatoes.

For more than thirty years, Wendy Johnson has been meditating and gardening at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in northern California, where the fields curve like an enormous green dragon between the hills and the ocean. Renowned for its pioneering role in California’s food revolution, Green Gulch provides choice produce to farmers’ markets and to San Francisco’s Greens restaurant. Now Johnson has distilled her lifetime of experience into this extraordinary celebration of inner and outer growth, showing how the garden cultivates the gardener even as she digs beds, heaps up compost, plants flowers and fruit trees, and harvests bushels of organic vegetables.

Johnson is a hands-on, on-her-knees gardener, and she shares with the reader a wealth of practical knowledge and fascinating garden lore. But she is also a lover of the untamed and weedy, and she evokes through her exquisite prose an abiding appreciation for the earth—both cultivated and forever wild—in a book sure to earn a place in the great tradition of American nature writing.

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