Book details

Publication date: June 2015
Features: 30 B&W photographs, bibliography, notes, index
Keywords: Gardening;Regional History;Sociology
Subject(s): GARDENING / Urban, History, History / Alberta History, Area Studies / Ukrainian Studies, Urban Studies / Urban History, Area Studies, Area Studies / Alberta, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Essays, Urban Studies, Urban Studies / Edmonton, Gardening / Regional History / Sociology, HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-), HISTORY / Social History, History of the Americas, Gardening;Regional History;Sociology, SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Horticulture, Natural History, Canadian History
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Kathryn Chase Merrett. Kathryn Chase Merrett obtained her Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Alberta in 1992. She researches and writes about Edmonton, and volunteers her time in the interests of horticulture and history.

#8 on the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list (Edmonton Nonfiction) for the week of August 07, 2015

Edmonton Journal

#10 on the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list (Edmonton Nonfiction) for the week of August 14, 2015

The Edmonton Journal

"Why Grow Here [is a] lovely read that's full of details that anyone will enjoy."

Mark Stumpf-Allen, Wildflower News

“…well-written, meticulously researched stand-alone essays that illustrate the long history of what [Kathryn Chase Merrett] calls horticultural optimism in Edmonton, Alberta, on the Great Plains’ northern edge. She interweaves major horticultural activities and the people who made Edmonton a garden city… Merrett traces a common North American horticultural story: a new settlement concentrates on survival and subsistence first, then slowly on beautification…. What makes Edmonton’s story a bit different? I think it is the passionate plant breeders (almost a who’s who of northern hybridists) who made it their life’s mission to create hardy roses to make Edmonton the “city of roses.”

Edwinna von Baeyer, Great Plains Research Vol. 26 No. 2

"For most Edmontonians and those with an interest in gardening, this book is a must."

Alberta History

"I am roughly halfway through the book, and what has amazed me is how much of the rich history our city is connected to the land and those who have shaped it, and turned it to good purposes. I love what I am learning about the people who contributed to giving shape and content to life here. Your writing style is so accessible -- great history and storytelling -- a magic combination in my books. Well done!"

Bob Robertson

I must tell you how fascinating your new book is and how much I learned!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The different essays were very enlightening and so much that I did not know. The section on the Chinese Gardeners and the contribution of Gladys Reeves were totally unknown to me and really are an interesting part of Edmonton’s history!

Michael Phair

"I have just finished your book and am wanting to thank you for writing it.  I found all of the essays very interesting, the writing excellent, and the development of themes riveting. I pictured you pouring over sources and enjoying all the small and big discoveries. Loved the way you traced the evolution of the City Beautiful theme to present day community gardens. I enjoyed the book and was impressed by your work on it."

Donna Cardinal

INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards / Foreword Reviews, United States
Independent Publisher Book Awards, Gold in Canada West - Best Regional Non-Fiction, United States
Trade Non Fiction, Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada

1 | Why Grow Here?
2 | Donald Ross: Edmonton’s “Father of Gardening”
3 | Nature’s Garden Transformed
4 | Among the First
5 | The Edmonton Horticultural Society: Working for the City Beautiful
6 | Waste Places: Vacant Lot Gardening in Edmonton
7 | Edmonton, the Rose City
8 | The Invisible Tapestry: Remembering Edmonton’s Chinese Gardeners
9 | Citizen Gardener


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