Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
DID YOU HAVE A GARDEN GURU WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP? I mean, someone who inspired your passion for plants? My guru was the witty and wry Thalassa Cruso. I used to run home from school to catch her television program, Making Things Grow. Her fascinating and fun-to-read book, Making Things Grow Outdoors, is this month’s giveaway:
In case you are too young to remember, Making Things Grow aired on PBS from 1966-1969. Although highly educational, the program was never boring. I well remember how she divided a Boston fern, as if she was killing a vampire. “Sometimes you must be brutal,” she hissed, while stabbing at the plant’s roots. On another episode, she feigned horror when she discovered a slug in one of her houseplants. She flicked the slimy pest onto her work counter, and then, after warning squeamish viewers to avert their eyes, she lifted a clay pot over her head, and smashed it down on the offending creature. Hey, what kid wouldn’t take up gardening after viewing such antics?
Following her TV show, Cruso authored several books. Making Things Grow Outdoors was published in 1971. Here, she offers practical and humorous advice for designing and maintaining a garden. Her tips for composting, and for dealing with pests without chemicals, are still timely today. A used, paperback copy of this book is up for grabs. Would you like to win it?
To enter this random drawing, I need you to do three very simple things:
First, post a comment below. Tell me who your garden guru is (or was). Be sure to include at least part of your email address at the end of your comment, so that I can quickly verify that you’ve subscribed to my newsletter.
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Be sure to comment, subscribe, and “like” soon…this drawing ends February 5 at 11:59 PM.
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