People with Dirty Hands by Robin Chotzinoff
The Passion for Gardening

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There was a wooden picnic table under the grape arbor, where Zelma sat all day when she wasn't actively gardening. She shelled peas, wrote letters, and mended clothes there. The older she got, she said, the less she wanted to be inside. Following Zelma's model, I will age ungracefully until I become an old woman in a small garden, doing whatever the hell I want. There was a time when this would have sounded unfulfilled to me, if not downright depressing, but now I look forward to it. Robin Chotzinoff From the Introduction
 

About Robin Chotzinoff

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Robin Chotzinoff is a staff writer for Denver's Westword and a contributor to Garden Design magazine, and she has written for New Republic and Outside. She lives with her daughter and her boyfriend in a log cabin outside Denver, where she gardens at 7,000 feet.
 
Published January 8, 1996 by Wiley. 208 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Readers who have despaired of ever winning an organized race or of having the handsome, hard body of an athlete will be pleasantly surprised at the range of people, showcased in this motivational book, who have achieved athleticism without becoming athletes.

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There's no better antidote to the dreary non-gardening months than a great read, and in this gallery of colorful portraits, Chotzinoff, a columnist for Garden Design, delivers one of the most amusing, eclectic gardening books in recent memory.

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" 'People keep knocking at my door,' " she quotes testimony from one of their catalogs on their peony selections, " 'wondering if they are plastic,' writes dentist Kevin Osborn of Houston Heights.

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Austin Chronicle

Westword staff writer Robin Chotzinoff has a magnificent obsession: She must find truly interesting people and document their magnificent obsessions.

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