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Originally published in 1898 anonymously, this is a classic. The social customs and life of 19th century Germany and how gardening provides an escape are at the centre. This book is a 'barely fictionalized account' of the life of the author, who also...
The latest book by Rhys Bowen focuses on the life of single women during the Great War. Following the discovery of journals from a long-forgotten medicine woman, Emily is inspired to revive the overgrown gardens of an English estate.
An Australian novel about a lonely young boy and his elderly neighbour, who meet and connect in the latter’s overgrown garden. It is a coming of age story with themes of redemption and friendship.
Popular author, Nora Roberts, is just one writer who has written a series centred around gardens. This is the first book in her In the Garden trilogy, which also includes genealogy and haunted houses in the plotline.
This is the first book in The Darling Dahlias series, which are set in small-town America in the 1930s. A garden club gets involved in and sets out to solve the crimes which abound in their community. A cozy mystery read.
Rather than gardening for relaxation, this novel takes you into the world of competitive gardening. This author has a number of titles under his belt including companion to this book Frontyard.
Another popular author who has created a tale of the power of a garden to heal a struggling family. English country life and secrets run through the story. Montefiore often uses gardens in her novels e.g. The Mermaid Garden.
This time it is a young American family who discovers the power of a garden to heal when the widowed illustrator is signed up to a vegetable growing class as part of her work. Despite the subject matter, it is a 'laugh out loud' book.
Solitude and secrets are at the core of this New Zealand novel, as Ellis slowly reveals the story of how she came to be living by the sea.
Unfortunately, not all gardening is about pleasure. Plantation life in Georgia in the 19th century was brutal. This well-researched novel is based on the stories of the enslavement of the Southern Creeks and Cherokees.
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