Sunday, August 30, 2020

Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again

Uprooted is a compassionate and intelligent look at the process of leaving behind one home and garden built up over 34 years and moving to another place and making it home. Due out 29th Sept 2020 from Workman Publishing on their Timber Press imprint, it's 244 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

This is a plainly and honestly told account of the author and her husband deciding in their 7th and 8th decades to downsize their house and gardens and start over in a new place. She briefly describes their search for a house and the language she used really resonated with me. She spoke of wanting to find a new place so badly "It is amazing how sometimes you try to talk yourself into a house because you desperately want to latch onto a home.". I can definitely relate to that sentiment, having gone through a similar process in the recent past.

She relates their subsequent discovery and purchase of "Church House", their renovations, their relocation, and takover and regeneration of their new gardens. The rest of the book is given over to a discussion of the different areas of their new property, woodland, fen, and meadow, planting an orchard, and siting and building a "small" greenhouse attached to their garage.

Throughout the book are gorgeous, clear, abundant, and well annotated photos of the gardens, features, and varieties they have acquired.  It's a warm and engaging story, well told, and I enjoyed it very much. This would make a superlative selection for gardeners, library, makers groups, garden clubs, and the like.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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