The next best thing to working in your garden is reading about the pleasures a garden can bring. Sweet Days & Roses is an inspiring celebration of the joys of gardening, garden plants and garden designs. Witty and anecdotal, it brings together some of the best garden writing of the past five centuries, with a sparkling introduction and perceptive commentaries by author Leslie Geddes-Brown.
Arranged in four parts-Garden Glory, Designs and Schemes, Plant Passions and The Gardeners-the anthology includes insights from gardening luminaries such as Vita Sackville-West, Gertrude Jekyll, and Mirabel Osler, interspersed with reflections from a wide variety of literary greats, from Shakespeare to Samuel Pepys; from Edith Wharton to Frances Hodgson Burnett-as well as poems by, among others, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Burns, Alfred Lord Ferguson, and Robert Frost.
For anyone who loves gardens or gardening, Sweet Days and Roses is a bountiful harvest that is simply not to be missed. [via]