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BLOOMING QUOTES (article first published : 2002-07-9)

Keith Kirsten is arguably South Africa’s most well-known and respected gardening personality. He has been involved in all aspects of the industry and has published various books on the subject. He has travelled extensively both locally and overseas and is much in demand as a public speaker.

Keith has had many hilarious personal experiences over the years and he has collected a mass of amusing snippets that he has come across during his time in the world of gardening. Blooming Quotes is a collection of anecdotes, letters written by novice gardeners and other quotes, all dealing with (you guessed it!) the world of gardening.

Who could have thought that gardening could be so funny? It seems it has less to do with actual gardening than with human foolishness. Pity the poor customer who likes flowers that “don’t bloom”, or the one who asks if “water-lilies (are) plants or animals?”

Interspersed with the comical elements are quotes by such notables as Dorothy Parker, Francis Bacon and even William Shakespeare. Sometimes the quotes are quite poignant, highlighting a garden’s power to heal, spread love, inspire.

Blooming Quotes is the perfect gift for the gardening enthusiast. It is a fresh, attractively designed little book, perfect for reading a page or two at a time, preferably in a garden under a big tree. Gardeners who are faced by the inevitable garden disasters will especially enjoy its wickedly funny sense of humour.

Published by Struik, Blooming Quotes retails at an affordable R59.95.- Hendrik Baird.




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