** Life In The Garden by Penelope Lively

Life in the Garden is a meditation on gardening and literature, with the author visiting various gardens, mostly but not exclusively in the UK, where she lives, and reading fiction with an eye on the flora. She thinks Carol Shields is a gardener based on her accurate descriptions flowers, and she feels guilty that her own garden has more pink than the gardening gurus advise. She ponders about a gorgeous garden that employs 17 full-time gardeners, and books that suggest hiring hermits to liven things up. It’s a delightful romp, but probably only for fellow gardeners, and gardeners who have read widely, to boot.

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