I’ve received a few more book lists over the weekend for the Garden Bloggers Book Club. I’ll be posting a consolidated list of all the choices in a week or so, asking for some assistance to choose some for our winter reading pleasure. So there is still plenty of time to send me a comment with your list, or post your list on your blog and send me a comment and I’ll come visit your blog, leave a comment, and copy your list.
And while I was thinking about what books we might read, and how to make choices so that anyone who wants to participate can find the book at either a library or at a discount price, I wondered if we could find an out of print book on Google Books that offers a full view, that would be an interesting read? If anyone has some time to do some looking around on that site…
Anyway, we are officially an international club with gardeners commenting from Mexico, England and also Milan, Italy, amongst other places. Sue in Milan, Italy provided this list:
Michael Pollan - The Botany of Desire : A Plant’s Eye View of the World, Bloomsbury Publishing
Christoper Lloyd and Graham Rice - Garden Flowers from Seed, Penguin (UK) Timber Press (USA)
Alan Titchmarsh – The Gardener’s Year, BBC Books (or anything else by Alan Titchmarsh, come to that).
Charles Chesshire- Japanese Gardening, Aquamarine
Steven B Carroll - Ecology for Gardeners, Timber Press - this is available for limited preview on Google.
And M Sinclair Stevens from Texas provided these suggestions and insights on some books.
(Re: a book suggested by Earth Girl that we have a description of but not the title, she asks) “does Earth Girl mean "Elizabeth and her German Garden" by Elizabeth Von Arnim? It was published in 1898, and so is Victorian, not Elizabethan. Maybe the author's name confused her.”
Here are M's other comments/suggestions:
“I just reread "Tottering in My Garden" by Midge Ellis Keeble and enjoyed it even more the second time than the first. Eventually I'll get around to writing a review of it on my blog
One of the funniest books and most observant books I've ever read about gardening is Karel Capek's "The Gardener's Year".
And I never tire of reading Antonia Ridge's "For Love of a Rose" about the 3 generations of rose growers who formed the Meilland family and developed the 'Peace' rose.
I would second anything by Henry Mitchell and add anything by Allen Lacy or Elizabeth Lawrence. I also second Margery Fish's "We Made A Garden", Celia Thaxter's "An Island Garden" and "Mrs. Whaley and her Charleston Garden".”
I think it is becoming clear that we’ll need to include a book by Henry Mitchell. The question is which one should we include? Discuss and let me know!