Seeing an African American man in Carol Wall's neighborhood is uncommon, and when she stops to watch what he is doing,
she finds herself talking to a master of horticulture and philosophy.

The book is gracefully written and more the memoir of a unique and treasured friendship than a gardening book. Wall and Giles Owita find they can trust each other with secrets no one else could understand.

Walls explores the transformation Owita makes in her life as well as her yard and how she, in turn, becomes the student who teaches the master.

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall ($25.95, G.P. Putnam's Sons a Member of Penguin Group), recommended by Marilyn, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh NC.