5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This Kindle edition, after a bit of detective work, features the second half of "Wood and Garden" published 1899 (?). It misses chapters dealing with the garden from January to December, but does include "Large and Small Gardens, Beginning and Learning, The Primrose Garden, Colours of Flowers, the Scents of The Garden, The Worship of False gods, Novelty and Variety, Weeds and Pests, The Bedding Fashion and its Influences, Masters and Men". The Kindle excerpt only gets you as far as an introduction by Ms J.
Not quite sure why the mother of English gardening has attracted so much opprobrium from another reviewer. As this doesn't include the full text I can't judge as I'm not interested in abridged books. Having read bits of Jeckyll years ago, I can't see what would raise so much rage. I think I'll wait for the full text version myself.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2015
Wonderful, magical, inspiring read. Ms Jekyll had such an artistic and spiritual relationship with growing things she makes one want to not only experiment and create in ones own garden, but rush out and observe as many other gardens and growing places as possible. Brilliant.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
This book is really dated. It includes musings on how uneducated and 'simple' gardeners obstruct their 'master''s educated and worldly gardening preferences and many similarly old fashioned class-based prejudices. It contains precious little gardening advice apart from various tirades against common taste and random pet hates. So, apparently, magenta is dreadful, dwarfing horrid, show plants a scandal and bedding unacceptably in bad taste. I guess it would make a very interesting addition to someone's social history of gardening project.
2 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2011
I want to give NIL stars, but can't. So please discount the one given! One of the worst books I have ever purchased. It is poorly written by a rude, obnoxious author. It isn't worth the paper/screen it's written on. There is no useful content at all. Don't bother even if it's free!!