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Why Grow Here Es­says on Ed­mon­ton’s Gar­den­ing His­tory By Kathryn Chase Mer­rett

Nine es­says ex­plore how gar­den­ers and gar­dens molded Ed­mon­ton’s so­cial, cul­tural, and phys­i­cal land­scape.

“[Hong Lee’s gar­den is] a ver­i­ta­ble Chi­nese ta­pes­try worked out in rec­tan­gles of har­mo­nious greens, sea green, sage green, olive green, and the del­i­cate ap­ple green of let­tuce beds.” — He­len Gor­man Cash­man

Ed­mon­ton has a rich and di­verse hor­ti­cul­tural his­tory. Va­cant lot gar­den­ers, rose gar­den­ers, and hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­eties have all con­trib­uted to the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the cap­i­tal city of Al­berta, and through the en­thu­si­asm of florists, seeds­men, and plant breed­ers, the city has de­vel­oped a dis­tinct hor­ti­cul­tural char­ac­ter. In this col­lec­tion of nine es­says, each with a dif­fer­ent theme, Kathryn Chase Mer­rett un­earths the de­vel­op­ment of Ed­mon­ton’s so­cial, cul­tural, and phys­i­cal land­scape by cham­pi­ons of na­ture and gar­den­ing. Ed­mon­to­ni­ans, gar­den­ers, his­to­ri­ans, and ur­ban de­sign­ers will de­light in the colour­ful sto­ry­telling of Why Grow Here.

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