Garden glory; designs and schemes; plant passions; the gardeners.
Anyone looking for a present for a garden lover will find "Sweet Days and Roses" an ideal gift. "An anthology of garden writing", it contains a range of garden poetry, prose, observations and memories from authors as diverse as Napoleon Bonaparte and Miriam Rothschild, Samuel Pepys and Daniel Defoe, Gertrude Jekyll and William Shakespeare. Modern day writers such as the Irish queen of gardening, Helen Dillon, the eccentric and ascerbic Christopher Lloyd, the doyenne of gravel and shade gardens, Beth Chatto and more all entertain with their horticultural thoughts and views. Poems evoke images only poets can truly put into words and demonstrate how gardens and nature have such a profound influence on our literary heritage. Accompanied by attractive line drawings and photographs it has been brought together by Leslie Geddes-Brown, magazine editor and prolific garden and interiors writer, making this a gift one may well be terribly unwilling to give... - Lucy Watson