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Diary of a French Herb Garden (edition 2002)

by Geraldene Holt

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Title:Diary of a French Herb Garden
Authors:Geraldene Holt
Info:Anova Books (2002), Hardcover, 160 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:gardening, herbs, Midi, France

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Diary of a French Herb Garden by Geraldene Holt

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This was a light and gentle read. The author, an Englishwoman living with her husband in a small village in southern France, writes an account of the year (Sept 1998 - Sept 1999) she spent recreating an old vegetable garden as a public herb garden, her labor a gift to the village. She has only nice things to say about everyone she mentions, and her French neighbors bring her all sorts of native and traditional plants from their gardens, so the whole story is a sort of herbal love-fest. If you like gardening, it's a fine book to read as a break between heavier books or as a brief escape from real-life stresses.

My only real complaint: partway through the 123 pages, I noticed that the attractive monochrome drawings of flowers occupying numerous half pages were repeating, and in fact had nothing to do with the text. Then I realized that in each place where one of these sketches appeared, it would have made better sense to insert a photograph or a drawing of something the author was describing. It made me wonder if the original plan for the book did include such images, and the publisher scrapped them to save expenses. Oh well. ( )
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