The Curious Gardener's Almanac: Centuries of Practical Garden Wisdom
(Hardcover - Perigree Books, $16.95)
by Niall Edworthy
If you think you're going to sit down and read this book over the course of a few days, you won't. It's not that you can't, because at 192 five-by-eight-inch pages, it's certainly possible. But that would be a shame. A book like this should be savored like a piece of fine chocolate.
I can only imagine the research required by Mr. Edworthy to create such a compendium of gardening wisdom. It's not merely page after page of this and that, although it is that, too. This book contains just the right amount of quirkiness and humor mixed in with practical gardening advice and basic facts that keeps you coming back for more. Boring it's not! Fun it is.
Mr. Edworthy is from the U.K. and he imparts what he's included in this book with a British flavor. I found myself charmed by it and after all, the human condition is universal and gardeners everywhere will have no problem gleaning the good stuff from the pages. And it's all good stuff.
This is not just a whimsical look at a gardener's world though. There's a lot of seriously useful information here as well, including recipes and it's chock full of ideas you can try in your own garden. An index and an attached ribbon bookmark complete the package.
Perfect as a gift for both beginning and experienced gardeners alike, The Curious Gardener's Almanac is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Readers will return to it again and again.
The product or merchandise being reviewed in this blog post was the sole compensation for testing and reviewing the product. All opinions expressed here are mine, with no suggestions whatsoever by the manufacturer or distributor. If I like it, I'll say so. If I don't, I'll say that, too.