What to read while you’re waiting for gardening season…

The garden shows have come to town,  the weather feels like Spring, and you’ve got garden fever (well, I know Liz and I do!)  Too bad it’s still February.  How about some stories that feature gardening to help scratch that gardening itch?  Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed.  Please share your favorites by commenting at the bottom!

 “In this profoundly moving memoir, Owita teaches Wall how to find grace amid heartbreak and to accept that beauty exists because it is fleeting; as in her garden, as in life.” –People, 4 stars.
“A perfect spring awakening.” –Good Housekeeping.
A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing, and ultimately everything, in common. Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he’s very good at gardening.  Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

Thirty-six-year-old Gal Garner lives a regimented life. Her job teaching biology and her struggle with kidney disease keep her toggling between the high school, the hospital, and her home on a strict schedule. Only at home, in her garden, does Gal come alive. It’s here that she experiments with Hulthemia roses, painstakingly cross-pollinating various specimens in the hopes of creating a brand-new variation of spectacular beauty. But even her passion has a highly structured goal: Gal wants to win Queen of Show in a major competition and bring that rose to market. Then one afternoon Gal’s teenaged niece Riley, the daughter of her estranged sister, arrives. Unannounced. Neither one of them will ever be the same. Filled with gorgeous details of the art of rose breeding, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns is a testament to the redemptive power of love.

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions, but for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Please comment below to share your favorite book featuring gardening!

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5 responses to “What to read while you’re waiting for gardening season…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    These are photographic images created by an old instructor the late Thom Brommerich who was truly a great guy and a wonderful talent.


  2. Mandy says:

    Have you read The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys? I've just started reading this author and haven't read this particular novel yet, but it looks good. It's about a garden in England during WWII.

  3. Terry says:

    The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton–I always dream of buying an old house and resurrecting the garden.

  4. Ruth G. says:

    I'm listening to The Distant Hours by Kate Morton right now. (I love narrator Caroline Lee's voice!) Such a dreamy premise– an old crumbling castle hiding long-kept secrets. I'm a sucker for gothic novels.

  5. Ruth G. says:

    Mandy, I just looked that title up in the catalog and it looks irresistible. Placing a hold now!

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