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Spring Rain: A Life Lived in Gardens

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Title: Spring Rain: A Life Lived in Gardens
Author: Marc Hamer
ISBN: 9781778400278
Publisher: Greystone Books
Published: 2023
Binding: Hardcover
Language: English
Condition: New
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Publisher Description:

From the beloved author of How to Catch a Mole and Seed to Dust comes a highly original memoir about the joy and restorative power of your own garden.

The perfect gift for the gardener in your life, Spring Rain is "a tonic for the soul" (Sy Montgomery).

"In the last volume of his memoir trilogy, Marc Hamer explains why a garden is not just a place of work--it's also a place of worship."--Margaret Roach, New York Times

Best enjoyed in a single sitting under the shade of a tree, this inventive and curative book captures the moment when an adventurous young boy who traveled the world in his mind meets the old man he becomes. Together, they build a new garden from a neglected plot behind his house on the edge of town.

Retired professional gardener Marc Hamer has always found the answers to life's questions in the natural world, whether as a child watching ants, as a young man living homeless in the countryside, or as a professional gardener creating places of calm and restoration for others. Now in his sixties, he is finally creating a garden for himself, at his home in Cardiff, Wales. This moving memoir follows his process as he shares what he's learned, from the spring of youth to his autumn years, and reflects on how we reconcile our childhoods with where we end up.

In Hamer's own words, "Spring Rain is about the joy of your own back garden. It is a story about the joy of small things, the world in a grain of sand, a universe in a small garden, with love for all the insects and slugs and flowers and weeds and seeds and roots and boundaries and shade and weather that the garden contains."