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Winter and gardening explored in new UI Press book
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- While winter and gardening may seem to go together
like icicles and July, the icy season plays an important role in a gardener's
psyche, a noted University of Iowa professor and avid gardener discovers
in a new book from the UI Press.
"Weathering Winter: A Gardener's Daybook," by Carl Klaus,
the founder of the UI's nonfiction writing program, chronicles Klaus' observations
about the season, its weather, his hopes for the coming growing season,
and the pull between the beauty and cruelty of the winter months.
From the first cold snap of late December 1994 to the first outdoor
planting of onion sets and radish seeds in mid-March 1995, Klaus tracked
snow falling, birds flocking, soups simmering, catalogs arriving, and seed
trays coming to life.
His careful observations include the unexpected effects on the snowfall
and temperatures caused by the last large El Nino weather system. Scientists
are predicting that gardeners the world over will again feel the effects
of El Nino this coming winter.
Klaus' constant, careful checks on the temperature and on the geraniums
wintering in the attic, his contentment in the basil- and garlic-flavored
tomato sauce he cooked up from last season's crops, and his walks with
his wife in the bitter chill of starry January nights will resonate with
gardeners and lovers of the out-of-doors.
"Carl Klaus' journal of a single season makes a whole world of
winter," says Patricia Hampl, author of "Virgin Time: In Search
of the Contemplative Life." "The generosity of spirit and steadfast
care of a true gardener lift every page. Reading this luminous meditation
is a great way to make it through the feints and lunges of a tough bout
Carl Klaus is the founder and former director of the UI's nonfiction
writing program and a specialist in the personal essay. A longtime Iowa
City vegetable gardener, Klaus has chronicled his backyard adventures in
the widely praised daybook "My Vegetable Love: A Journal of a Growing
"Weathering Winter: A Gardener's Daybook" is available at
bookstores nationwide for $19.95. The book can also be ordered from UI
Press by calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665
(outside Johnson County).
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/