Novels starring gardens

May 15, 2009

As a kid I hated Saturday afternoon yard work with the parents. Hated it. But I loved, loved, loved The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I just finished The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge, and several times I thought, this is The Secret Garden for grown-ups! I'm one of those who firmly believes Jane Austen's only fault was the dying too young thing, and this can certainly be filed under Austen-esque.

I mention it here because the heroine's garden is just magnificent. She inherits an ancient stone house in the English countryside -- willow tree in the stone-walled garden and the works. I love all that sunlight-filtering-through-the-leaves stuff.

So, recommendations! Who's got a favorite novel for garden geeks?

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