1001 gardens you must see before you die

apart from the title... ?

apart from the title... ?

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the title. A little depressing to be honest. Why it needed Titschmarsh to do the preface i’ll never know [no offence 😉 ]. Why they didn’t just change the title to 1001 garden to make you smile and just leave it at that… ?

That said said this is a great reference book. I have used it many times from The Monte Palace Tropical Gardens in Madeira to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa and I absolutely love it.

A must have for any garden library. Pretty simple to use. If you do get away, even in Ireland, just have a leaf through and you are guaraneed to find a garden worth visiting near you.

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  1. Susan
    Susan says:

    Ugh, you’re right about that title. Publishers don’t seem to put much thought into things sometimes.

    My parents used to take us for Sunday drives, and one day we went to Ladew Topiary Gardens (this was before Dutch Elm disease destroyed so much of it). After touring the house, we went outside and laid out before us were miles of fanciful topiary and pleasure-gardens; my father said to go on, he’d wait for us at the house.

    He’d been fighting cancer for years, but this was our first sign that he was beginning to fail, that it would be all downhill now; that the Sunday drives would end, that everything was changing. And that sadness was the first thing that struck me when I saw the title of that book, because it put ‘garden’ next to ‘die’—I realise that most people don’t have an experience like that, but jeez I’d never buy it.

    Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book with “DIE” in the title. Anyhow, if you’ve never seen it, you really should, if you ever get to Maryland:
    http://www.ladewgardens.com/

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