非文學類
更新日期:
2018-11-14
The Hardy Millennial
Alice Vincent
書籍編號:
03-10816
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The fact that gardening is restorative is well-known to its practitioners. But to those unfamiliar with soil, roots, and growth, gardening’s healing powers are revelatory. The Hardy Millennial shows how plants and nature not only shaped one woman’s recovery in the aftermath of a traumatic breakup, but taught her how to connect with her past in order to define the person she would grow into.

With the feeling of recent nature writing classics like The Outrun, but delightfully urban, Alice unpicks her, and her generation’s fascination with plants – despite small, gardenless, rented flats, the craze for planting is growing. Instagram is full of beautifully curated pot plants, and clothing shops like Urban Outfitters and & Other Stories now sell thousands of terrariums and cacti. We are turning to plants as part of the ‘slow’ movement, for mindfulness, and maybe as we are having children later to fulfil a desire to nurture, or create.

Alice looks at the history of women growing things – botany was both the only science acceptable for women to take an interest in, but also one they were excluded from in professional capacities. Our gardens and landscapes were designed with male sensibilities – Alice rediscovers the many incredible female botanists from history and gives them a belated voice as she finds her own place in this world.

It's full of wonderfully repeatable facts – did you know ‘pteridomania’ was the Victorian name for the obsessive fern craze which swept middle class drawing rooms, influencing fashion and art, in the 1800s? Which, incidentally, is coming back now in the proliferation of fern tattoos and trendy House of Hackney wallpaper. Or that the reason we have so much buddleia in London is because of the blitz – Victoria buildings were built with lime mortar, which went into the soil of the many bombsites, and buddleia thrives on lime.

 

● 作者簡介

Alice is an arts journalist who has been growing things in London for a while now, but she really became fascinated with plants after taking over a wind-blown balcony nearly three years ago. A self-taught gardener, she has learned how to grow plants to eat, admire and enjoy both inside and out, and maintains that limited experience and space shouldn't stop anyone from growing things. For the past year Alice has been documenting her plant adventures on Instagram as @noughticulture and keeping a column on urban and rookie gardening for The Telegraph.

 

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