Why Grow Here: Essays on Edmonton's Gardening History
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"A visitor from down south stared at my apple tree
and said: 'Those don't grow here you know. It's too cold.'
If the apricot tree in Highlands knew it couldn't live here,
it might stop scattering white blossoms over three lawns." - Bert Almon
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 depicts the development of Edmonton's social, cultural, and physical landscape as it has been shaped by champions of both nature and the garden. Edmontonians and all urbanites interested in gardening and local history, as well as professors and students of history, cultural studies, and urban design, will delight in the colourful storytelling of Why Grow Here.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards / Foreword Reviews 2016 (United States)
Winner of Independent Publisher Book Awards, Gold in Canada West - Best Regional Non-Fiction 2016 (United States)
Short-listed for Trade Non Fiction, Alberta Book Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta 2016 (Canada)
||For most Edmontonians and those with an interest in gardening, this book is a must.
Kathryn Chase Merrett obtained her Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Alberta in 1992. She researches and writes about Edmonton, and volunteers her time in the interests of horticulture and history.