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I worry about nature deprivation, too. My children and I belong to a nature club, where the specific purpose is to take walks in the woods. The leader spent about 5 minutes telling all the kids that they would be bitten by a snake before we got home. BIG SIGH. That's not how it works. I have been walking in the woods since I was a kid and have only even seen snakes a few times. They were always sunning. They were never aggressive, and it only happened when there was silence. Loud kids and moms do not see snakes.

Besides all that, I only know one person who has ever been bitten, and she pretty much stepped on the snake. But despite these things, most of the kids were TERRIFIED to be out there after that.

Amen to getting kids outside! A book on that? As for beauty, it's in the eye of the beholder, right? Which is often unfortunate (boxwood, all lawn and no trees or flowers, flagpoles). How do you excite someone beyond the level of beauty, deeper? Well, Planthropology did it did for me.

Not every child is a lost cause!

I'm proud that my 4 year old niece got in trouble in preschool because she touched the roly-poly even when the teacher told her not to!

I'm doing the best I can--from a distance--to love fogs and turtles and worms and flowers and everything green.

Thanks for such supportive comments. I wrote a book on planting local communities in one's garden. People loved the lecture, but they didn't buy the book.

I have written all my books to promote plants, horticulture, nature, gardening -- especially PLanthropology. (I think the title hurt that book.)

Thanks to all the thoughtful ranters.

Love all of Ken's work. I could use an update on propagation, so will have to check that book out. Thanks, Phil

Druse's books are all beautiful - and useful. My favoritie combination of information and inspiration.

This sounds like a great book. I love propagation and genetics. I should have gone into that in university instead of business. I just couldn't get through the grade 13 biology (the kreb's cycle did it to me).

Keep writing Ken!

My oldest girl started life on the farm, and I would be out in the garden, but she would be up on the porch sweeping constantly. My youngest goes out into the garden with me. Neither were taught that there were scary things out there, just different personalities.

I'm glad you covered Ken's book. His an indispensible horticultural resource.

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