A favorite blog, Roses and Other Gardening Joys is featuring a garden book review on the 20th of each month!  Of course I want to add my two cents on a book I have been slowly and happily savoring.

The Curious Gardener by Anna Pavord

A book whose introduction begins, “I used to hate gardening.  I grew up with parents who were always bottom-up in the borders.” insists to be read!     As a gardening correspondent and columnist,  Anna Pavord has compiled her musings and instructions under one cover to delight all the rest of we bottom-uppers! (now out in paper back, by the way!)

The illustrations are beautiful

but they aren’t the sole purpose for reading the book.  You will have to settle for a more cerebral view of gardening in this month-by-month treasury.

The first reading was an eagerly devoured once-through, but this time I am leaving the book bedside and plan to read it month by month.  I left Stephen Scaniello’s “A Year of Roses” by my bedside for years, but now have committed so much of it to memory that it is time for a new book to take its place there for the year ahead!

So what does January offer?  How about some subtitles like: ‘Star Struck’, ‘Gardening Clothes’ and ‘More Haste, Less Seed’?  Each month is then ended with ‘Tasks for the Month’ which may vary according to your place on the planet, but interesting none the less!

Anna P. is a funny, smart, helpful and  honest (otherwise known as opinionated) gardener which makes her beloved in my world of garden writing and reading!  Lucky are the   readers of the  UK newspaper that includes her wonderful writings on a regular basis!

Do stop by Roses and Other Gardening Joys for  other garden book reviews AND her wonderful blog!

About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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4 Responses to THE CURIOUS GARDENER, a review

  1. Oo – that sounds like one for me – I already have ‘The New Kitchen Garden’ on my bookshelf – thanks for bringing it to my attention – looking forward to having a good read.


  2. Holleygarden says:

    What a wonderful book this seems to be. I, too, have some books that I like to read month by month. Funny term about us all being ‘bottom ups’ – so true! haha Thanks so much for joining in!


  3. Pondside says:

    I enjoy month-by-month books and have one especially for the Pacific northwest. This one sounds like something I’d enjoy and would make a lovely spring birthday gift too.


  4. Greetings Jayne! Thanks for your excellent review, I enjoy the works of Anna Pavord and will be picking this book up soon.


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