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The Morville Hours: The Story of a Garden Kindle Edition
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When Katherine Swift takes on the challenge of creating a garden for a National Trust Property, she finds inspiration in medieval books of hours and their framework for daily life (the monastic hours of work, study and prayer) lived within the wider context of the annual liturgical and agricultural cycle.
The garden she creates reflects both space and time. The geology, soil and weather dictate what can and cannot be grown and what tasks are appropriate to the season. It reflects, too, the history of the place: the monastic cloister garden, the formal Elizabethan knot garden. The book, like the garden it describes, is deeply personal. Katherine Swift meditates on the geology of Wenlock Edge, wonders what moles dream of, reflects on the hardships of rural life (she is no sentimentalist) and ponders on her own family's far from idyllic history.
Although "The Morville Hours" will appeal to gardeners and garden lovers, it isn't a book about gardening - it's about the way in which gardens reconnect us with the bigger picture.
I can't praise this book too highly - the first time I read it I was carried along by the lyrical prose, the second time I read more slowly, taking in the absolute mine of interesting information, and pausing to enjoy the beautiful line drawings. Treat yourself, or buy as a present for someone who is interested in history, gardening, farming, the countryside or the landscape - or someone who just enjoys a thoroughly absorbing read.
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The book is a bit of a wade through. I thought it would be more from the gardening side, but it's more of her story and her perspective on things.Published 15 days ago by Netty
Lovely book! Such a good read especially if you are from Shropshire or visit the AMAZING garden!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Brimming with fascinating facts about gardens, plants, history and so much more. The sort of book one can read again and again and still find something new in it.Published 6 months ago by jude holliday
For anyone who takes gardening seriously this book is a delight. Wonderful historical background information overlaid with rich descriptions of the creating of this garden. Read morePublished 6 months ago by citronella
I read this lovely book about a year ago. Now I have it on Kindle, I have passed the paperback to a friend. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs. Linda Molineaux