Garden books have a special place in my heart and are given all the room they want on the bookshelves. I’m not a librarian, but I must have a sense of order and organization when it comes to these books. The books on borders or grasses, shade plants or perennials must not get lost in Rosemary Verey’s garden at Barnsley House or disappear into Vita Sackville-West’s garden at Sissinghurst. Christopher Lloyd from Great Dixter must not get tangled up in a book about vines.
My garden books are easily recognizable. They look like anglican choir boys with ruffled collars. Post-a-Notes stick from the top edges of the pages marking something important. When I write my blog posts about gardening, just as in my A-Z Blog Challenge posts, I recommend books already on my shelves.
Researching my novel, Greening of a Heart, often sent me to my bookshelves in search of gardening support. It was like finding a good friend at the door, bringing comfort and support in a time of need. Never under estimate a garden book’s ability to bring you joy. If it is true that we are what we eat, I believe we are what we read. Garden books have taught me how important both patience and perseverance are in a gardener’s life; a truth that carries over into all of life.