about The Imperfect Garden


At last, a gardening book that digs past the dirt, reaching down to the soul of gardening.  The Imperfect Garden follows one gardener’s journey as she discovers her “trash heap” of a garden,  unearths bulbs and seedlings buried by time and neglect, and carves out a whimsical landscape dotted with decades of successful and failed gardening experiments.  Expanding on the candid reflections of the author’s gardening column, The Imperfect Garden explores the elements of

determination, disappointment, and surprise that shaped both her landscape and her life. The book is “illustrated” throughout with botanical photographs by Rachel Michaelsen.

To learn more about the book and the author, click here.

Media coverage of the book:

Newspaper Articles

Imperfect is OK when it comes to gardening” — J Weekly, March 19, 2009

The Imperfect Garden—A Memoir — The MacArthur Metro, April 2009

Book Review

The Midwest Review

Radio Shows

KQED ForumApril 17, 2009