4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nuts about horticulture,
This review is from: An Englishman's Home: The Adventures of an Eccentric Gardener (Hardcover)
I loved this book. As a horticulturist myself I can appreciate Tom's obsession. He is a modern day intrepid plant hunter.
This book is not just for plant nuts like Tom and me, it's very entertaining and will appeal to many readers.
Tom gives an open review of his life, from the beginning of his interest, through his struggle at school and into his adult life.
He came to the attention of the world when he and his traveling companion, Paul Winder, were kidnapped in South America while exploring and hunting for wild orchids back in 2000. They were held for 9 months then mysteriously let go. Read 'The Cloud Garden' by Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder for the terrifying details. The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture After a period of rest and recovery, Tom started on his mission to build a magnificent garden which had come to mind during his capture.
Tom's hilarious accounts had me laughing out loud with tears in my eyes. I couldn't put it down. I think it was brilliantly written and a must for anyone who likes farcical adventures. This is a bit like Mr Been but it's all true.
I'm sure the beautiful photos in this book will encourage the reader to visit Lullingstone Castle to see for themselves what Tom has achieved. I've been and I was greatly impressed.