Gardening from the couch: Anne Raver
Even if you do not subscribe to the New York Times, if you are a gardener, you might know Anne Raver.
She is a regular on "Maryland Morning" with Tom Hall on WYPR (88.1 FM) on Wednesdays. And she is also a neighbor, of sorts.
Not long ago, she returned to her family's farm in Carroll County to care for her ailing mother. Now she and boyfriend, Rock, (is there a better name for the boyfriend of a gardener? I have this idea that he does all the heavy work) are working the farm and you can read about their exploits, plus Raver's other excellent reporting, in The Times. She is also working on a book about the history of her family's farm.
Raver has been writing about gardening for a long time, and a collection of her essays was published in 1995 under the title Deep in the Green: an Exploration of Country Pleasures.
(The book is also available in paperback and I have a copy autographed by Raver for one of you. I will choose a comment at random from today's posts and mail the book to you. Just provide your e-mail so I can contact you for a mailing address. Don't worry, I won't share it with anyone else.)
Raver's book of garden essays has long been one of my favorites and I return to it often. She has the gift of connecting life in the garden to life outside the garden in ways that are both surprising and comforting.
Raver's essays are practical and informative, but it is when she strays a little way from the garden that they are most provocative.
That is the true strength of the garden writer, I think.