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The wonderfully evocative story of how Britain's World War Two gardeners - with great ingenuity, invincible good humour and extraordinary fortitude - dug for victory on home turf.
Ursula Buchan studied modern history at Cambridge University, before training as a horticulturist at the RHS Gardens, Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She wrote a gardening column for a succession of national newspapers, including the Observer, Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph, as well as The Spectator, for more than twenty-five years. Shehas published fifteen books and won two major writing awards from the Garden Media Guild. She was recently awarded the Garden Media Guild's Gardening Columnist of the Year 2011.
"Informative and highly entertaining" Daily Mail "Meticulously researched, gripping and often humorous " -- Leslie Geddes Brown Country Life "Elegantly written and rich with horticultural vignettes" Spectator "Buchan's book provides an intriguing glimpse of horticultural life in war conditions ... [An] excellent book, both touching and informative on a historical level." Lady "A compelling account ... It also unearths some unexpected facts - such as the liberal use of cyanide as a pesticide." House & Garden