The title of this book notwithstanding, Success with Small Fruits is decidedly successful at catching the eye of a browser. The text, though enlightening on the subject of horticulture, is not specifically art related, until you read the list of illustrators, which includes Winslow Homer. But what pulls me in is the delicate strawberries rendered in gold here, against the figures crouched, picking in the rows. I am reminded of the visits to the Gengler Farm, where my grandparents grew strawberries, and pickling vegetables. Admittedly, I was too little to be much good, and I ate more than I put in my basket. But this is work, serious business, as the author writes in the forward, "I shall not follow the the example of some thrifty people who invite on to go a-berrying, but lead away from fruitful nooks, proposing to visit them alone by stealth. All the secrets I know shall become open ones. I shall conduct the reader to all the good places, and name the good things I have discovered in half a lifetime of research." One cannot help be inspired by this.
Success with Small Fruits, by Edward P. Roe