Cloth, 382 pp., $32.50
Chronicling his life in his garden for nearly a decade, British garden writer Monty Don fills his monthly reports with short essays on the development of two acres around an ancient, ruined structure that became his home in 1991. He shares his vision for the site and his strong urge to create a “sense of place.” Handsomely illustrated with photographs of the property and plants, the text follows a daily calendar, so the author (and reader) can compare climate and suitable work conditions for the same days each year. His writings in a discursive style tell of his original designs for the site, as well as the reasons for changes that took place over time during the phases of development. His comments on gardening, animals, and plants add character and charm to his personal story, which all gardeners will enjoy.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden