If you follow me on Instagram or read this blog and you will have noticed that I am into gardens and botany. The succulent collection here in Zurich is one of my favourite places. I love visiting greenhouses and botanic gardens. Since we moved into this apartment with its large terrace, I even tried my hands on a little bit of urban gardening and I have to say that harvesting a bunch of zucchini, carrots and salad leaves, did fill me with satisfaction and pride.
But why is that? Why, with an abundance of vegetables and fruit available in the stores, do more and more people try to grow their own? What are reasons for the current hype of urban gardening and how is horticulture connected to aesthetic, cultural, political and sociological areas of our lives?
That’s what Blanka Stolz tries to find out in “Die Philosophie des Gärtnerns”.
The book consists of 14 essays highlighting different aspects of gardening: from the cultivation of heirloom vegetables, the social mechanisms of community gardens, the phenomenon of horticultural shows or permaculture, to the meaning of gardening for gender studies. The topics are as diverse, as their authors. Activists, permaculture-designers, journalists and architects, as well as philosophers and historians share their thoughts about the phenomenon of “growing things”.
It’s the perfect reading material for the final weeks of winter before it’s time to dig over the soil in your own garden and prepare everything for the sowing in spring. It’s not a guidebook that will tell you how to grow the perfect vegetables or how to become best friends with your community garden neighbour, but it’s inspiring none the less. The book is available in German, directly through the Mairisch Verlag, your local bookstore or via Amazon.
Win a Copy of “Die Philosophie des Gärtnerns”
Together with the lovely people at Mairisch Verlag, I am giving away two copies of “Philosophie des Gärtnerns” to celebrate its release. Comment below and tell me a story about gardening or why you’d like to own this beautiful book. I will draw the winners next week and contact them via e-mail. Please understand that I will only ship to Switzerland & Europe.