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Dear Friend and Gardner Reviews

Dear Friend and Gardner by Beth Chatto, Christopher Lloyd, Fergus Garrett

Dear Friend and Gardener: Letters on Life and Gardening

Beth Chatto, Christopher Lloyd, Fergus Garrett

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1 review

Imprint: Aurum Press
Publisher: Aurum Press
Publication date: 2 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9780711255807

Lively exchange of letters between Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto, two long-established friends and distinguished gardeners.

4 stars out of 5
18 Feb 2021

"Even if you've never heard of Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd, they have probably influenced the way you garden."

One of the pleasures of these lively, gossipy, erudite letters is the joyful way the two friends write about plants. Here's Beth describing a new form of Galtonia candicans to him: 'Imagine a tall, strong stem carrying upwards of 20 flowers, each looking like a perfectly formed rose, with layer upon layer of white petals enclosing faint green shadows.'

They gleefully compare notes on the visitors to their gardens, like the busload of ladies who wrote to Beth (enclosing their ticket stubs) demanding a refund because it had rained as they toured the garden.