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by Aurelia C. Scott


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Scott, Aurelia C, Rose breeders, Roses, Rose culture. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Clarence's containers - Crazy rose people - Hard pruning - Rose sex - "I've always been, shall we say, competitive" - To spray or not to spray - All for one and one for all - What we do for love - It's showtime - Judgment hour - The heady. scent of history - Rescuing roses with Ruth - Clarence's charges - Rose classification.

Aurelia Scott trails these self-professed Roseaholics as they plan, prepare, and compete, battling high winds, Japanese beetles, and the finicky demands of their precious charges. With all the appeal of Word Freak, Otherwise Normal People celebrates the singular satisfaction of cultivating beauty-and, of course, the thrill of victory. Результаты поиска по книге. Отзывы - Написать отзыв. Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening.

Otherwise Normal People book . Aurelia C. Scott lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and a Cape Cod Weeder. She moved to Maine in 1997 from Taos, NM, where she helped start a children’s garden and found a Habitat for Humanity project. Her first non-fiction book, Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening won the Garden Writers Association Gold Award for Best Book Writing. She has also Aurelia C.

Aurelia Scott trails these self-professed Roseaholics as they plan, prepare, and compete, battling high winds .

Aurelia Scott trails these self-professed Roseaholics as they plan, prepare, and compete, battling high winds, Japanese beetles, and the finicky demands of their precious charges.

Aurelia C. Scott lives in Portland, Maine, where she grows roses and other flowering plants. An excellent glimpse into the world of rose lovers. Enough human interest insight to keep it interesting and far from the documentary that it could have been. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Fine Gardening, Cottage Living, and Yankee, among other publications. I have never planted a rose but will never look at roses the same.

Otherwise Normal People. The great unspoken subtext of Otherwise Normal People is just how many of its exhibitors are retirees. This book delivers almost exactly what the title offers: A sympathetic, perhaps even sentimental, look at the slightly crazy people who organize their lives around rose competitions. Help us to make General-Ebooks better!

Aurelia Scott, author of the book "Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening" will speak to the Cape Elizabeth Garden Club Tuesday, June 4, at Thomas Memorial Library

Aurelia Scott, author of the book "Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening" will speak to the Cape Elizabeth Garden Club Tuesday, June 4, at Thomas Memorial Library. The topic is alliums – a gorgeous bulb plant, some varieties of which have been offered in the club's bulb sale each fall and will be offered again this year. Maybe after this program members will have some good ideas on which bulbs should be offered in this fall's bulb sale. The program will begin at 6:30 . with refreshments following. Inside the Obsessive and Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening. Scott, a journalist and rose-grower in Portland, Maine, treks cross-country from her hometown to various sunny spots in California, stopping at the homes of numerous rose experts to find out why the flowers enthrall these cheerful, hardworking, deeply committed people. The rosarians (knowledgeable growers of roses) she meets are mostly male and mostly well-off-they need to be able to afford the space and paraphernalia necessary to keep the flowers flourishing.

With all the appeal of Word Freak, Otherwise Normal People celebrates the singular satisfaction of cultivating beauty-and, of course, the thrill of victory.

Twice a year America's rose lovers cut the prettiest blossoms off their best plants and travel to the national rose show, where they lovingly groom their precious blooms for hours in a frigid hall in order to contend for the highest honor: the Queen of Show. Doctors. Teachers. Sheet metal mechanics. Lawyers. Truck drivers. Men and women. These are type A gardeners, and for them this is a blood sport. They grow tender roses in the frigid North and disease prone roses in the humid South simply for the challenge. They decorate otherwise lovely yards with paper bags and panty hose to isolate their choice specimens. They traipse through overgrown fields in the worst weather to save antique roses from extinction. Aurelia Scott trails these self-professed Roseaholics as they plan, prepare, and compete, battling high winds, Japanese beetles, and the finicky demands of their precious charges. With all the appeal of Word Freak, Otherwise Normal People celebrates the singular satisfaction of cultivating beauty—and, of course, the thrill of victory.
Gio
If you like roses and rose culture, you've got to read this, it is FUNNY - but it is also informational and a little valentine to the wonderful folks who grow the little beauties !
playboy
captured the passion of roses lovers.
Moonworm
If you're into roses, you'll read this book with a smile and also with a notepad to record new tricks of the trade.
The personalities of the featured rosarians definitely "come through."
The style, subject matter, and the rosarians are a delight.
This is a must read for any serious rosarian.
Mall
It was fun reading about people that I have actually met at some of the conventions.
Rainbearer
Recommended by rose breeder. Used according to directions and is very effective. new growth does not have black spot. sprayed on both top[ and bottom of leaves.
Coiril
I don't know much about flowers, but my interest in obsession and collecting is pretty wide, and I leaped on this book in the same way as I read recent books about crossword puzzles and beauty pageants. When I was in Portland last month several friends were already reading advance copies, claiming this Aurelia Scott had written a book which named names and takes no prisoners, and that in rosarian circles, her book would raise eyebrows and snap certain reputations.

I have found on the contrary that she has written a gentle, merry book celebrating rose shows and the world of exhibition roses, it is not at all an expose of any kind. She is remarkably kind about her subjects, and to tell you the truth, her writing is possibly too charitable, could have used a bit more spice. She seems overly impressed by the work these gardeners spend on their gardens, and the number of roses they keep at home. OK, she takes a few snipes at Tommy Cairns and Luis Desamero, apparently the only gay men involved in the rose world. Luis especially comes across as a true eccentric, in his powder blue shorts, sort of a Lt. Dangle of the competitive rose world. It's great when he enters one contest that's actually been named after him, with a rose that carries his own name; it's either queen-size vanity or true ego fulfillment. Luis winds up winning the "Climber" award--touche!

Scott doesn't dwell overmuch on how these people finance this hobby, but it doesn't seem cheap. They must all be extremely well to do, to run around the country entering their wares, much less devote acres of private garden to their floribunda and Lynn Andersons. I was sort of curious about the economy of these shows. Are they just for rich people? Or do regular Joe Schmoes enter too? At any rate, rosegrowing seems to call for masses of time, a true luxury. "The only thing more frustrating than making an orange rose fit," moans Satish Prabhu, "is playing golf." Where Scott excels is showing how what seems like a harmless habit can take over your whole life, break up your marriage, turn you into a competitive rose-growing machine. But on the upside, you are surrounded at every turn by beauty. She counterposes the cut throat exhibition crowd to the so called "old garden rose" people, who seem much more genteel and into their history. Naturally the blowsy, smelly old roses don't win Queen of Show in competitions, the scent hasn't been bred out of them, and they're often crooked and misshapen by modern standards, and yet they have that "heirloom" thing going on, a touch of class in a strange new century.
Dakora
I truly enjoyed this book! Regardless if you show roses or not, this is a very informative book. I don't show my roses but as rose lover I really enjoy looking at "healthy looking roses" and learning so I really had a good time reading this book. Too bad it doesn't have pictures!!!!
It's a very easy and pleasurable reading! It makes me want to see the rose gardens she mention!
An excellent glimpse into the world of rose lovers. Enough human interest insight to keep it interesting and far from the documentary that it could have been. I have never planted a rose but will never look at roses the same.
Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening ebook
Author:
Aurelia C. Scott
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Algonquin Books (May 18, 2007)
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