Carol Klein celebrates our wild flowers and traces the family tree of each through to their garden cousins
From the Back Cover
Once upon a time, long before humankind cultivated gardens, wild flowers were central to our existence. They were food for us and our beasts, medicine to heal our bodies and our souls. They were at the heart of lore and legend, of magic and religion. That intimate connection has almost disappeared.
This is not a sentimental plea to move back in time. It is a recognition, though, of how important wild flowers still are to us now and will be in our future – and how they, and our relationship to them, should be honoured and nurtured.
On Gardeners’ World and in this book I seek out some of our most seductive wild flowers and find out about their cultivated cousins, the plants we know and love in our own gardens. It has been a huge delight to see these wildlings in their own homes.
Everyone can do the same, kneel amongst them feel the same thrill, touch the same petals. Most of us do that anyway. Gardening is the most direct route to an understanding of what is important, to connect directly with the Earth.
It is a privilege and a pleasure and one that everyone should have the opportunity to join in. I hope you enjoy our wild flowers, your gardening and this book.