Toronto Star | Mark Cullen thinks The Untamed Garden is one sexy read

Toronto Star | December 2, 2011
by Mark Cullen, Special to the Star
Cullen: Grow your gardening book collection

Love and Sex
Might as well start with the newest and possibly the most controversial: The Untamed Garden, A Revealing Look at Our Love Affair with Plants. The table of contents provides you with all of the information that you really need to know when deciding whether or not this one is for you or a friend. This book is about love, sex and the garden.

Now I have always supported the notion that there is far more sex going on in the garden on a warm summer night than any novelist can conjure up. Bees, moths and other night insects visit flowers and exchange pollen for nectar on a massive scale while we snooze. We just choose not to think about all of this buzzing and vibrating for what it really is. The Star’s own Sonia Day has fixed that.

She takes us on a thematic journey that loosely follows the arch of a love affair. Chapters start with Innocence, through such stages as Flirtation, Seduction, Lust, Deception and Rapture. Read more…

A good vegetable gardening tome says Canadian Gardening magazine

Canadian Gardening | December 2011
10 awesome gifts for any novice gardener
By Daniela Payne

If your novice gardener friend is starting off with a vegetable garden, arm them with some  knowledge. “The best advice on the topic comes from seasoned garden writer Sonia Day in Incredible Edibles: 43 Fun Things to Grow in the City,” says Lorraine Flanigan, editor of Toronto Botanical Garden’s Trellis magazine and avid gardening blogger at her City Gardening Online blog.

“Packed with Sonia’s earthy advice and her practical, no-nonsense approach to gardening, the book offers beginners great growing advice,” Flanigan adds.
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Ottawa Citizen | Forget roses and try tulips on Valentine’s Day

OTTAWA CITIZEN | By Ailsa Francis

If you’re tired of picking up a bouquet of predictable red roses for your significant other on Valentine’s Day, then read on. Award-winning Canadian garden writer Sonia Day has eye-opening and provocative options for you in her newest booked, The Untamed Garden: A Revealing Look at our Love Affair with Plants (McClelland and Stewart, 2011).

Who would have thought Day would be the writer to undertake such a racy volume? Perhaps it was her last book about growing veggies in the city (Incredible Edibles: 43 Fun Things to Grow in the City; Firefly, 2010) that whet her appetite for the passion brought out by plants? Could the stimulus have been her recipe for Hemingway’s mojito using fresh homegrown mint or maybe it was the stirrings that resulted when she suggestively says, “pop a juicy cherry tomato — still warm from the sun and picked off the vine — into your mouth, and you won’t ever want to settle for the supermarket kind again.”  Read more…