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The Generous Gardener
Private Paradises Shared
What do the celebrated actors, the bestselling novelist, the Nepalese Sherpa and the famous model have in common? Like millions of us, they love their gardens - and with good reason, too. Gardening is an art form through which we can all express ourselves. In the words of that grande dame of gardeners Penelope Hobhouse, `Gardening makes people happy.' And, as gardening editor of The Sunday Times, Caroline Donald has been allowed beyond the gate of many a private paradise to share this passion.
Included in The Generous Gardener are the stories, in words and pictures, of more than forty private gardens, including those belonging to Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton, Jilly Cooper, William Christie, Harrison Birtwistle, Kelly Brook, Natasha Spender, Catherine FitzGerald and Dominic West, Julian and Isabel Bannerman, Penelope Hobhouse, Bob Flowerdew, Roy Lancaster, Luciano Giubbilei, and Dan Pearson.
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"The book reminds us how tenuous a garden's existence is . . . but this sense of just how ephemeral they are only makes them seem more special." * Gardens Illustrated * "A fascinating read." * House and Garden * "A perfect antidote to a dull, wet and dreary autumnal day. It's a pick up and browse gem to lift the spirits and reinforce what we all know - that gardening is good for you!" * Reckless Gardener * "A perfect source of ideas." * The Times * "These very personal encounters, each rendered in little more than a thousand words, like miniature paintings, tell us so much...Enjoying my journey through her book I felt at the end that I'd been to a grand garden party, catching up with a few old pals and making several new friends. And I learnt a lot, too - about plants as well as human behaviour in its eternally-confusing diversity." -- David Wheeler * Hortus * "Her words give a real insight into not only the spaces but the people who created them." -- Alan Titchmarsh * Waitrose Weekend *