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Alumni authors on Buck O'Neil, Southern gardening

The Greatest Thing
By Kristy Nerstheimer, with illustrations by Christian Paniagua
The Little Fig, $21.95

The inspiring true story of baseball legend Buck O’Neil is revealed for younger audiences in The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O’Neil, by Kristy Nerstheimer, d’89, g’94, with illustrations by New York artist Christian Paniagua. Told in O’Neil’s enthusiastic and loving voice, The Greatest Thing shares his passion for baseball, education and a fair and just society, and brings to life the many legends he played alongside, include Satchell Paige and “Cool Papa” Bell. Published in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Negro National Leagues, The Greatest Thing benefits both the O’Neil family’s First Base Enterprises and Kansas City’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. 

Color-Rich Gardening for the South
By Roxann Ward
The University of North Carolina Press, $24

After a few seasons of mixed success in her first forays in Southern gardening, Roxann Hargrave Ward moved with her family to England, where for two years she “was living every American gardener’s dream.” Ward, j’81, spent her final summer overseas studying garden design at a local agricultural college and returned home to Georgia energized to become a master gardener with the skills and creative artistry worthy of the South’s flowering palettes, as seen in “botanical jewels” of Charleston’s famous window boxes and Victorian- era flowering shrubs. Now her Color-Rich Gardening for the South, a delicious new paperback and e-book from The University of North Carolina Press, delivers that expertise and eye for design with a spirited flair both inspirational and technically detailed. Ward notes that while plant materials discussed in her book are geared toward regions of mild winters, her garden designs can be adapted to any area of the country.

Issue 2, 2021


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