cloth, 345 pp., $29.95
An eminent historian and garden columnist for a major newspaper for more than 40 years, as well as overseer of the grounds of New College, Oxford, prize-winning British author Robin Lane Fox is known as a connoisseur of fine gardens and plants. In this fascinating collection, he looks at “gardening from many aspects … giving variety and balance [to the text] in what it contains.” His goal is to encourage readers to become “thoughtful gardeners…to think before choosing and planting…” This literary gem is organized according to seasons. Eighty articles delve into educational topics on plant selection, installation, and culture. There are also humorous tales dealing with animal creatures; stories of celebrity gardeners and writers; and memoirs of the author as a gardener. This book is recommended for its success in guiding both the novice and experienced plant enthusiast into becoming more knowledgeable gardeners.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden