But sore backs, dirty knees and, finally, sweet corn are just the beginning of our affair with the garden, says philosopher-guide Robert Pogue Harrison.
Harrison has gone deep on forests, deep on cemeteries. Now he goes deep on the garden, and humanity — back to Babylon, Versailles, the Garden of Eden, paradise itself.
This hour, On Point: the garden, in history, literature, and the human soul.Guests:
Robert Pogue Harrison, professor of Italian literature at Stanford University, is author of the new book, "Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition."
Irene Virag, garden columnist at Newsday and a writer for Better Homes and Gardens and Garden magazine.
This program aired on June 20, 2008.