IN THE PRESS
Ruggenberg liberates gardening from its formalist stature as a serious pursuit with his humorous bent (and bent humor).
A book that can be enjoyed by the neophyte gardener, a casual hobbyist, a devotee and even someone with little if any interest in rooting around in the dirt on their knees.
Peppered with shoots and blooms of amusement and occasional consequence.
IndieReader, on Plants are Terrible People
Original in its concept and hilarious in execution.
Ruggenberg’s prose is conversational, his characters quirky, and his comedic timing spot on.
The Prairies Book Review, on Plants are Terrible People
You'd have to be totally devoid of any sense of humor or dead in order not to laugh out loud.
Ruggenberg has the ability to tell the most ordinary event in an original and entertaining and funny way.
So strange and true and different ... Impossible to put down.
Indie Book Reviewers, on Twenty Reasons Not To Garden
Listen to Jennifer Ebeling's interview with Luke on The Still Growing Podcast!
(Luke's segment begins at 38:41)
Luke discusses his books with Joey and Holly Baird on their Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener Radio Show and Podcast. (Luke's segment begins at 33 minutes.)
This is Luke. He has worked as a gardener and nurseryman for quite some time now. It actually makes his back hurt just thinking about it. He has been a writer for a long time, too, but that doesn't hurt his back as much.
He wears that hat a lot. It's a good hat, but maybe it's time he got a new one. Gardeners are weird about their hats ...
Luke lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two children, who are extraordinary and seem to tolerate him most of the time. This fact makes him want to high-five random passers-by.
If you want a high-five, stop by Ravenna Gardens next time you're in Seattle. Here, Luke can be found wrangling flats of pansies like no one's business.
A titillating account of garden transformation
Keep up with Luke's own garden of the absurd:
Where strange things grow.