Garden Bloggers' Book Club January Meeting

Welcome to the January “virtual meeting” post of the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club! Our current book is Dear Friend and Gardener by Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd.

Set yourself up with a nice hot cup of tea and your favorite blogging snack food, and tell everyone to leave you alone for a bit so you can fully enjoy all the websites and reviews that were submitted.

Ready? Let’s call this meeting to order!

First, I’m going to briefly turn over the meeting to Entangled from Tangled Branches: Cultivated. At the end of her review post, she provided several interesting links to sites where you can learn more about Chatto, Lloyd, and Lloyd’s Great Dixter House and Garden. Check those out and then come back and read the reviews and posts submitted, presented here in alphabetical order by name.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Dee at Red Dirt Ramblings

Entangled at Tangled Branches: Cultivated

Gloria at Pollinators-Welcome

Jodi at Bloomingwriter

Kim (Blackswamp Girl) at A Study in Contrasts

Lisa at Greenbow

Nan at Letters from a Hill Farm

Old Roses at A Gardening Year

Pat at Commonweeder

Did I miss anyone? If you wrote a review and I missed it, it’s an oversight on my part, no slight intended, just let me know and I’ll add you.

Still reading the book and planning to write a review later? That’s fine, too. Once you’ve posted something, let me know and I’ll update the post with your link.

Thanks to all who joined in with reading and reviewing this book!

And now some club business…

February-March Selection

Now it’s time for the February-March selection, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan. It’s easy to join in this virtual book club. Read the book, post something about it on your blog, let me know about it via an email or comment, and then I’ll include a link to your review on the virtual meeting post on March 31st.

Opportunity to Host a Guest Post

Are you interested in hosting a guest post on your blog? Nightshade, Susan Wittig Albert’s 16th book in the China Bayles herbal mystery series, will be out in April and Susan is planning a blog tour to introduce it. Check out her blog tour website for more information and see how you might participate as a host blog.

If you aren’t familiar with these mysteries, check out Annie in Austin’s review of Thyme of Death, the first mystery in the series, which she posted for the August-September Garden Bloggers’ Book Club virtual meeting.


  1. Susan Albert, whom you mention here, will be joining the Spring Fling in Austin on April 5, as well as hosting a book signing in the Wildflower Center gift shop at the end of our tour. So any garden bloggers who are coming will have a chance to meet her and have a book autographed by her.

    She's also promised to donate two of her garden-themed mysteries to our door-prize giveaway at the County Line that evening. Fun!

  2. I've enjoyed reading the reviews of this book. Now I just have to get my hands on a copy of it. The reviews have all been favourable, although I still have a few reviews to get to.

    Next month I'll join in ...

  3. Can I join???

  4. I love this site! What a fabulous idea. I look forward to participating : )


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