7 great books involving gardens and flowers

Today is Water a Flower Day, at least if you live in the U.S. so in celebration, I’ve put together a list of 7 great books involving gardens and flowers.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Intended for children, but still a wonderful read for adults, it’s the story of how the discovery of a secret garden healed two children, one of loneliness and arrogance and another of hypochondria, together with a grown man with a broken heart.

The Jewel Garden: A Story of Despair and Redemption by Monty Don and Sarah Don

This is part biography and part garden management manual. Both parts are fascinating.

The Gardens That Mended A Marriage by Karen Moloney

You might think that creating a Persian garden in a place like Spain would be easy enough. After all, the climates aren’t that different. According to Karen Moloney, however, you would probably be wrong, but the act of trying might make you a stronger person and might help you to understand and nurture relationships better.

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden

This is possibly the most classic nature journal there is and the illustrations are both accurate and charming. It’s a glimpse into times past as well as a charming read.

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Eliza Doolittle is a common flower seller, Professor Higgins sets himself the task of turning her into a lady. This play was the basis for the musical My Fair Lady and while the main story is essentially the same, it has a different ending, which I think is better.

The Secrets of Ivy Garden by Catherine Ferguson

This isn’t really a book to take too seriously by if you like Rosemary and Thyme (as in the detective series) or your just in the mood for a little, light chick lit which includes gardening themes, then you may well enjoy The Secrets of Ivy Garden.

The Flower Arrangement by Ella Griffin

Officially this is a novel, unofficially, it’s really a collection of short stories which involve a florist’s shop and Lara, the florist who runs it. The author balances her stories like a bouquet with the darker notes offset by lighter ones and, if nothing else, you’ll probably develop a new appreciation for florists.

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