Garden Bloggers' Book Club June-July Virtual Meeting

Welcome to the June-July virtual meeting post for the Garden Bloggers Book Club. Our selection is My Summer in a Garden by Charles Dudley Warner, which is also available on Google Books.

Find a comfortable place on your front porch, back deck, screened-in porch or wherever you like to sit and relax in the summer, and plan some time to immerse yourself in the nineteenth century world of Warner and his book My Summer in A Garden.

Let’s start with some background on Warner.

There’s a brief biography and picture at this link.

If you enjoy books written by Mark Twain, you might be interested in The Gilded Age, a book that was co-authored by Warner and Twain. They were neighbors for a time in Hartford, Connecticut and at this link, you can read an interview with Mark Twain when he was in Hartford in 1900 for Warner’s funeral.

I also found a picture of Warner’s residence in Hartford on eBay while looking for a picture of his garden.

That’s probably enough background, don’t you think? Let’s get on with the book reviews and reflections on the My Summer in a Garden. In the order received…

Nan at Letters From a Hill Farm

Lost Roses at Lost Roses, of all places

Bev at Bev’s Colorado Garden

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago

Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening

Kris at Blithewold

Jodi at Bloomingwriter

Annie at The Transplantable Rose

Entangled at Tangled Branches: Cultivated

Gloria at Pollinators-Welcome

OldRoses at A Gardener's Year

Thank you all for participating! If you have a post for My Summer in A Garden, please let me know, and I’ll add it to the list above. We have room for everyone.

Please also join us for the August-September selection, a garden mystery. You can read the garden mystery A Hoe Lot of Trouble: A Nina Quinn Mystery by Heather Webber, which is what I'll be reading. Or if you have another mystery you would prefer to read, that works, too. There are several different garden mystery series available, including the Nina Quinn series by Heather Webber, the China Bayles series by Susan Wittig Albert, Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters, the Abby Knight series by Kate Collins, the Louise Eldridge series by Ann Ripley and probably several others. If you don't see your favorite garden mystery listed here, let me know and we'll get it added to the list. And finally, if you don't want to read the same garden mystery, or any other garden mystery, you can participate by telling us about a real life mystery in your own garden.

See you later, I’m heading out to hoe up the vegetable garden.


  1. Good job, Carol, finding that old photo of Charles Dudley Warner and his house! And your many other references were interesting too. Your efforts in coordinating the Garden Blogger's Book Club are herculean and much appreciated!

  2. Carol, great meeting! I have posted a contribution at
    Now off to read the others...

  3. I've just finished a China Bayles garden mystery. I'll have to hunt for A Hoe Lot Trouble and join your bookclub. I love reading garden related mysteries.

  4. I'm pleased you said another garden mystery would do. I have a 1950 book by Sheila Pim called A Brush With Death, an Irish art and gardening mystery, so I think I will give it a try. This is for August and September, right?

  5. LostRoses... thanks for the kind comment, I love doing the book club.
    Gloria... thanks for joining in again!
    Crafty Gardener... If you don't find another garden mystery to read, you can post about the China Bayles mystery.
    Nan... Yes, the mystery book is for August-September. I am curious to hear about the mystery book you've chosen!

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens


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