Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
A Miscellany for Garden Lovers
by David Squire
Hardback, 144 pages
Published by Green Books, 13th November 2014
Gardening is an age-old craft that is about as old as when people first settled and began to cultivate the land and grow vegetables for food, and flowers for beauty and health. It is steeped in mystique and peppered with handed-down wisdom, often derived from “sons of the soil” who grew larger cabbages than their neighbors.
A Miscellany for Garden Lovers is a fact-drenched and beautifully illustrated book of insights into garden history that will leave you enthralled with its diversity – from digging the soil and keeping of bees to early plant hunters and weather rhymes, as well as used for plants you may have never heard of.
In a little over 140 pages the author presents you with garden knowledge in the form of short snippets which, more often than not, will leave you longing for more information on the subject. Just as it should be!
A lovely presented hardback book that will make a great addition to every gardener's and garden lover's library, and will make a gift that will be highly cherished.
Even I, as a professional gardener and forester and someone who grew up in the countryside, have learned things, many things, from the pages of this book that I never knew before.
About the author:
David Squire has spent a lifetime gardening and writing. He has written more than 80 books and has been awarded the Garden Writers of America ‘Quill and Trowel’ award. David studied horticulture at the Hertfordshire College of Horticulture and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Wisley, Surrey, England.
I have greatly enjoyed this book and it will find a special place on my bookshelf where it will be used for reference every now and again, I am sure.
As we were mentioning “cherished gift” earlier this book, considering that time of the year is coming up again, will make a great present for any garden lover and will be very well received for sure.
Rating: 6 out of 5 (if it would just be possible) so it will have to be 5 out of 5, I guess.