• Title: Gardening the Amana Way (Bur Oak Book)
  • Released: 2013-10-15
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 166
Review “Since the nineteenth century, visitors to the Amana Colonies have been struck by the well-tended flower and vegetable gardens, orchards, and vineyards found there. In Gardening the Amana Way, Lawrence Rettig, who was raised in this gardening tradition, presents the treasure trove of knowledge that he has gained through decades of tending his own garden in the Amanas. Rettig has written an entertaining book that will be of special interest to gardeners and cooks, and to those who remain fascinated by the unique culture that is Amana."—Peter Hoehnle

"Like a well-tended garden, Gardening the Amana Way treats us to a pleasing variety: we glean some history, gardening techniques, vegetable and flower varietals, recipes—even a garden tour. The growing interest in local foods makes Rettig’s account of how Amana’s communal, village-scale gardening traditions inspire his Cottage-in-the-Meadow garden especially timely."—Lanny Haldy, executive director, Amana Heritage Society

"Rettig has succeeded in the challenging task of providing a most interesting garden book that also provides insights into the interrelationships between garden and kitchen in one of our longest-lived communal societies. An intriguing blend of nature and culture with an insider’s perspective, Gardening the Amana Way is a blend of plant list, gardener’s almanac, and sustainability guide. It is as thoughtfully woven together as a traditional Amana blanket. The Gardebaas (garden boss) and the Kichebaas (kitchen boss) would be proud!"—J. Timothy Keller, Iowa State University

About the Author Lawrence L. Rettig was born in 1941 in Middle Amana to parents who were born and raised in Iowa’s Community of True Inspiration. Most recently the special assistant to the vice president for research at the University of Iowa, he lives in South Amana in his wife’s family home, the last house built during the old order. The author of Amana Today: A History of the Amana Colonies from 1932 to the Present, he writes regularly for the websites Dave’s Garden, All Things Plants, and Cubits.

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