For readers who like gardening (and love the English language), this posthumous collection of Henry Mitchell's Washington Post ""Earthman"" columns is ""equal parts entertainment and shrewd horticultural advice"" (Science News). Henry Mitchell is ""beloved for his witty, smart, informed, philosophical, wide-ranging and often wickedly humorous columns"" (Detroit Free Press).
""One of the great voices in garden writing was silenced when Henry Mitchell passed away; thus his legions of fans will undoubtedly be delighted to learn of one last collection of Mitchell's newspaper columns, organized in a month-by-month format. The reader may jump in at appropriate intervals, whether to savor sage advice or simply to ponder the musings of the thoughtful, impassioned gardening savant that was Henry Mitchell. If ever one has battled the odds and tried to grow a less-than-hardy specimen outdoors, how wonderful it will be to feel the special kinship brought about by knowing that Mitchell, too, tested the fates in this way. Maybe waging a battle with cutworms or wanting to crow about raising the most beguiling crocus will be a point of connection; surely there will be many such moments for any gardener fortunate enough to encounter Mitchell's satisfying trove of essays. "" Booklist, ALA
""Every gardener has a folly, an imponderable affection, and the prose of Henry Mitchell is mine, if loving prose this well made if foolish at all."" -- Verlyn Klinkenborg The New York Times