In this exchange of personal letters two of Britain's leading gardeners - Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto - share their successes and failures, and learn from each other's experiences in their two very different gardens.
... a delightful collection of letters ... offers a unique insight into their successes and failures. Candid, amusing, revealing and informative(Daily Telegraph )
My favourite read of the year is this entertaining correspondence between our two greatest living gardeners(Sunday Telegraph Magazine )
What links and distinguishes (in both senses) these two writers is that they never pass on a received opinion about a plant or gardening practice or theory. Everything they say is rooted firmly in observation and experience so their thoughts and opinions carry weight and value(Hardy Plant )
It is this book, I suspect, that many gardeners would most like to find at the ends of their beds when they wake up on Christmas morning(Independent on Sunday )
The book contains a collection of letters exchanged between Beth & Christopher over the course of a year. The letters are about their lives in relation to their gardens and contain details of outings and visits to other gardens and countryside, as well as their day to day gardening activities, and what is in flower as they write. They exchange views on different plants, planting combinations and on the shared experience of running a garden that is reknowned and open to the public. Through their letters we are given a glimpse into their lives,their friendship and their opinions, and their quest for beauty and colour in the garden throughout the year.
My only critism is that unless you are a very learned gardener, some of the latin plant names may be outside your knowledge and therefore some of the planting combinations will be a mystery to you. However, this is encouraging me to try and find out the plants common names and appearance.
In the words of my friend who gave me this book as a present, "the title says it all".
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