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The Transplanted Gardener by Charles Elliott
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Feb 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: gardening, non-fiction

I loved this book. I bought my copy for $1 at the Denmark public library book sale, on the strength of the cover blurb from Bill Bryson: "One of the most delightful books of any kind I have read all year". I like Bill Bryson a lot, so I figured I was onto a winner. Also, I like gardening myself, so am always happy to hear about other people's garden stories.

The book is a collection of essays, arranged under three sections: Fresh Ground (about the author's own garden), Gardeners and Other Obsessives (what it says on the packet, includes Charles Darwin and a cast (ha ha) of thousands of earthworms), and Lost Gardens (about various historical aspects of gardening). It's lovely, light-hearted, interesting and informative, and very reminiscent of Bill Bryson's style.

And I've just discovered he's written a whole lot of other stuff about gardening... *big eyes*

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