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My Favorite Plant: Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love
edited by Jamaica Kincaid


Kincaid gathers a sparkling selection of new and beloved poetry and prose about each author’s favorite flora.

The passion for gardening and the passion for words come together in this inspired anthology, a collection of essays and poems on topics as diverse as beans and roses, by writers who garden and gardeners who write.

Among the contributors are Daniel Hinkley on hellebores; Marina Warner, who remembers the Guinée rose; and Henri Cole, with the poems “Bearded Irises” and “Peonies.” Ian Frazier pulls weeds in “Memories of a Press-Gang Gardener,” and Michael Pollan defends a gothic cousin of the sunflower in “Consider the Castor Bean”; Ken Druse stalks the sexy jack-in-the-pulpit, and Elaine Scarry contemplates steep slopes of columbine. Most of the pieces are new, but Colette, Katharine S. White, William Carlos Williams, and several other old favorites also make appearances.

Jamaica Kincaid, the much admired writer and a passionate gardener herself, has assembled this diverse crew and provides a spirited introduction. A wonderful gift for green thumbs, My Favorite Plant is a happy collection of fresh takes on old friends.


Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John’s, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the RiverAnnie JohnLucyThe Autobiography of My MotherMy BrotherMr. Potter, and See Now Then. She teaches at Harvard University and lives in Vermont.


“An ingenious, varied, and pleasurable collection, certain to strike sparks of recognition in even the most modest gardener.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“Enchanting.” -- Booklist

[P]  Picador  /  April 02, 2024

0.63" H x 8.24" L x 5.44" W (0.45 lbs) 224 pages