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Tovah Martin on the roots of her obsession

by Timber Press on October 2, 2012

in Gardening

Every gardener has a compelling story and we’ve collected thirty of them from some of the most notable gardeners working today. The Roots of My Obsession shows that gardening is a passion and obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged.

Before I could even walk, I was crawling into the garden, I guess. As a child I monopolized sweater drawers for storing marigold seeds. Other little girls yearned for ballet slippers, while I clomped around in work boots. Adults baited me to name a future career choice: “What do you want to be when you grow up, little girl?” I didn’t have to think twice. I wanted to be a butterfly. —Tovah Martin

Tovah Martin may not have become a butterfly but she did become a gardener. The following excerpt details her journey from a boot-stomping, seed-collecting childhood to “membership in the knee-cracking, back-groaning society of gardeners.” (You can also read the excerpt on Scribd.)


A portion of the profits from The Roots of My Obsession will be donated to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation works to understand, conserve and use sustainably the world’s immense wealth of plant diversity. For more information about the organization, visit: http://www.cbd.int/gspc/.


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