The English Garden
One of my favorite quotes about English gardening:
“Anyone who was serious about plants would be admitted into the long conversation that is the English garden.”
–Simon Jenkins (speaking about Christopher Lloyd)
If you can buy only one book on English Gardening I recommend @The English Garden by @Ursula Buchan and photographs by @Andrew Lawson. Here you will find rich and beautifully photographed gardens, glorious in their beauty and variety. Look at knots, meadows, landscape parks, kitchen gardens and woodlands and you will just have begun your deeper acquaintance with The long conversation that is the English Garden.
I am my mother’s daughter, an anglophile too. My mother’s travels were confined to her arm chair at home in Evanston, IL. while my travels have taken me to England. My own English garden, the Pinterest boards that are all about English gardening, and other interesting anglophile passions, would have intrigued her. I never finish an English mystery, addicted to them as I am, that I don’t wish I could pass it on to this wonderful woman who kept her own council and “knew a little bit about a lot of things” as she would say.
Now in the November of my life, I often wish we could live our lives backwards. It is only in these last ten years that I now know what I want to be when I grow up. A writer, of course, but it turns out I have this passion for gardens; wish I’d majored in garden design and become a famous plantswoman able to travel and lecture my way through life talking about gardens…especially English gardens. Not on such a grand scale, but I have given my first lecture on famous English women gardeners beginning with Vita Sackville-West and her gardens at Sissinghurst. Pleased to add that the lecture was met with enthusiasm.