This book is a collection of captivating, beautifully told stories about people in the world of gardening. Some are professional gardeners, others are hobbyists making gardens in their rented courtyard or with indoor plants, and one is just a man who decided to grow food on the street outside his house.
It's such a diverse collection of stories with many themes including crime, art, race, career changes, deep meaning in the work of landscape gardeners (which has left me with a whole new perspective on and appreciation of landscape design), but the common thread I found throughout all of the stories is that the people never, ever tire of gardening despite the unforgiving hard work.
The photographs by Daniel Shipp are magnificent, as he and Georgina Reid, (the author) travelled the world visiting and photographing each person featured.
At it's core this book is a story about our interconnectedness with nature. It is an ode to the act of gardening, it's beauty, and the transformational things it does to a person. I'm left inspired to do more gardening of my own, beginning with this great beginners tip from Clare James: "Treat the soil as your pet".
Publishers Blurb: This is a celebration of the exceptional and ordinary ways people engage with the world around them through plants.
In gardens we find shelter, nurture and respite from the noise and rush of everyday life. To garden is a wonderful thing but you don't have to have a large plot of land or immense knowledge to reap the benefits of a little nature.
ˇThe Planthunterˇuncovers all the ways in which people around the world find purpose, beauty, wellness and connection through the act of gardening.