Book Review: Gardening the Amana Way: Fascinating indeed...

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Book Review: Gardening the Amana Way

By dave
December 18, 2013

Hot off the presses is a new book by author and ATP member Larry Rettig, about gardening in the Amana Colonies. Let me share my review of this interesting and useful book.

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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 18, 2013 7:40 AM CST
I am so glad this was brought to my attention. I have been parusing around and learning about the Amama Colonies for the first time and its truly fascinating. Thank you Larry! I tip my hat to you.
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goldfinch4
Dec 18, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Thanks for the review Dave. Sounds like a great book! Hurray!
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 18, 2013 11:32 AM CST
Many thanks, David! I tip my hat to you.

I'm an official tour guide here in the Amanas and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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Dutchlady1
Dec 18, 2013 12:40 PM CST
I would certainly be interested in learning more about the Amana way!
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 18, 2013 1:21 PM CST
Me too and its fun to research Hetti.

I haven't Joined Cubits yet, but Larry has many interesting things to share there. I'm looking forward to seeing his book.
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Thank you Larry. I'm glad Dave brought you to our attention. I'll be checking in! What a wonderful world you live in, and what a fun Job! Smiling
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 18, 2013 2:52 PM CST
Hetty, you might also be interested in knowing that several families from the Netherlands joined the Amana group (known then as the Community of True Inspiration) before they emigrated to the U.S.

David, it is a wonderful world, indeed. Actually, I have to confess that I didn't always think so. As my wife and I were growing up here--we met at the blue table in kindergarten Smiling --we wanted nothing more than to get away. A common complaint was: "There's nothing to do here and everybody knows everybody else's business." The longer we were away and as we matured, we began to realize what a wonderful heritage we had. Eventually, we found ourselves exploring ways to come back to the Amanas. In 1977 we succeeded and have never regretted that move.

Our home is equidistant from two major cities, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, only a half hour's drive away. The culture available in each is phenomenal. As an example, Iowa City, at last count, had eight live theatre companies. Cedar Rapids has four or five. Here in the Amanas we have two and only a population of about 1700. Iowa is always known for its corn, hogs, and chickens. But that image is quite misleading. We have farmers who are singers, actors, writers, potters...the list goes on. It's probably our best kept secret. I'm guessing that Sharon (see post above) was amazed at all the culture that exists in the Amana area and in other areas of the state as well.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 18, 2013 2:59 PM CST
History adds to all fascination and is in fact solely the beginnings of what makes our world fascinating! Thumbs up Keep up the good works Larry! Smiling
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Dec 18, 2013 9:12 PM CST
Thanks, David. I'll do my best. Smiling
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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dave
Dec 19, 2013 9:40 AM CST

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