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The Gardener

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He has been lead presenter of Gardeners' World since 2003 and since 2011 the programme has come from his own garden, Longmeadow, in Herefordshire.

If you are new to gardening, it can seem daunting - with Latin names, various soil types and seasonal requirements, it feels like a lot to learn. One of these involved a pool with ‘friendly frogs’ and ‘dippy ducks’ and ‘wise old water rats’, that kind of thing.And that leisurely growth is forever stunted – even a power out, or blown fuse, or whatever it is that afflicts the house before it's shipshape, is just mentioned and then ignored. For all their apparently auspicious names – the obvious Halcyon and Haycroft, but also Phyllis and Peter from the Greek for “foliage” and “stone” – Hassie’s new friends, as it turns out, are “private people with their own private worlds”. The ending is utterly perfect and left me wistfully wanting more at the same time as feeling complete. Perhaps this is because, although Salley Vickers begins her novel in the second-person (she is writing to a ‘you’), she only briefly uses this device maybe a couple more times throughout the main narrative. Told in the form of letters and beautifully illustrated to evoke the Great Depression setting, The Gardener will delight readers of all ages as they cheer on the spunky, flower-loving heroine.

She keeps writing back home - and the entire picture book is presented in the form of a collection of letters penned by the little girl to her family back home in rural America.

The bodies of the several pet guinea pigs and hamsters, who gave up their lives in my dubious care, fertilised the soil and my pet tortoise, Stumpy, was reliably to be found there, sunning himself in the parsley which I grew from seed, always first soaked in warm tea. I’m also writing stories that will mix Greek Mythology with the lives of people living on an island.

But overall, The Gardener is a delightful tale about resilience, fresh starts and hope for the future. One of the great strengths of The Gardener is that it shows how the natural instinct of children is to look towards solutions. As Irish readers may well know, the salleys in Yeats’s garden are willows, the colloquialism salley, used in Ireland and Australia, where cricket bats are known as salleys, comes from the Latin salix. To house-proud Jacobeans, according to the National Trust, the regimented topiary typical of the favoured French style expressed “ultimate control over nature”. Those who have grown up in the country will enjoy Tamsin’s memories of hearing the bleating lambs to signal springtime.The Gardener’s Bundle includes In the Garden: Essay on Nature and Growing published by Daunt Books, Charlotte Mendelson’s Rhapsody in Green and Jonathan Drori’s Around the World in 80 Plants.

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