Auckland Libraries: Gardening fiction

Gardening fiction

'Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands' - Japanese Proverb. I am probably the least likely person to put together a list of fiction focused on gardening. I am far better at weeds than anything pretty or productive. But I can still definitely appreciate wonderful gardens, both in real life (i.e. my mother’s) and in literature.

Elizabeth and her German garden

Elizabeth Von Arnim

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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...

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The victory garden

Rhys Bowen

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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.

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The promise seed

Cass Moriarty

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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.

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Blue dahlia

Nora Roberts

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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.

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The Darling Dahlias and the cucumber tree

Susan Wittig. Albert

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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.

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Backyard

Norman Draper

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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.

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The French gardener

Santa Montefiore

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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.

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The garden of small beginnings

Abbi Waxman

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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.

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Landscape with solitary figure

Shonagh Koea

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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.

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The Cherokee rose

Tiya Miles

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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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Anne Dickson

Anne

LibrarianMahurangi East Library

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