It must be the vicarious joy in watching my mother’s pleasure in establishing gardens in her new home. That’s the only reason I can see for my current obsession with gardening books. It surely isn’t due to my gardening ability – which is nil.
This volume fed my delight in both gardens and non-fiction books.
It has an engaging tone, and delves into history: social, technological, political, fashion, colonialism… It’s amazing the links gardens can make.
A perfect read for days when its too hot / too rainy to actually do any gardening. Or, if you’re like me, and you’re best dreaming of gardens, rather than killing plants in your vain attempts to grow your own.
Title: The history of the garden in fifty tools.
Author: Bill Laws.
Recommended by Annie C, Helensville Library.
Annie C is a voracious and versatile reader, but her habitual reads are fantasy, romance, and a diverse selection of non-fiction subjects. A life-long love of children’s books, particularly picture books, helps in her day-to-day role as a children’s librarian.