A Gardener at the End of the World

with Margot Anne Kelley

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In this episode of Down the Garden Path, Joanne Shaw welcomes author Margot Anne Kelley to discuss her new book, A Gardener at the End of the World.

A gardener’s pandemic journal that combines memoir with an exploration of the natural world both inside and outside the garden, it explores questions of what we can preserve – of history, genetic biodiversity, culture, language and what we cannot. It is ideal for any reader curious about the overlap of nature, science and history.

Tune in to learn more about A Gardener at the End of the World.

Here are some of the topics covered in this episode:

  • Margot’s pandemic journal and interest in seeds became the raw material out of which the book evolved.
  • The book is a gardener’s pandemic journal with a lovely overview of her garden throughout the season, complemented with a timely history of previous world pandemics and how they related to the current one as a way to understand what was going on.
  • An overview of seeds and plants and their origins, and how they travelled the world and impacted how and what we eat now.
  • How researching past plagues and pandemics was therapeutic: the human race survived many horrible things before and it gave her hope that we would prevail again
  • We can all relate to Margot’s solace in her evolving garden, as many of us turned to gardening during that time and even still see the importance of growing our food or at least supporting those who do.

A Gardener at the End of the World is available on Amazon.

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