Our public library system might seem to some like a relic of a bygone age. After all, aren't we all accessing books via our Kindles now? Browsing images on our phones? Can't we get practically any book we want from Amazon, so who needs to schlep down to a library?
Well, libraries are amazing resources and we neglect them at our peril. Where else can you waltz in the door with an empty bag and waltz out having been issued with a hefty load of inspiring books without a penny having changed hands?
Most libraries have extensive gardening sections, and it's a great way to decide which books you'd like to put on your Christmas list, and which you're just happy to borrow, dip into then return.
If you've watched 'Gardeners World' then you'll be familiar with Monty Don's style. He writes in much the way he presents, getting enthusiastic and singing the praises of the plants and gardens he likes, and not sitting on the fence with the things he doesn't. 'Gardening at Longmeadow' and 'The Ivington Diaries' are good to dip into, and contain some lovely lyrical writing on the joys of gardening. The two Carol Klein books are ones to dip into as well. The books are nicely designed and contain lots of inspiring photos, plus some of Carol's good practical advice. 'Helen Dillon's Gardening Book' has a very accessible chatty style of writing where you really hear the author's voice come through. Loads of practical info and it's the one I'd buy out of the whole stack. Why not give it a read?
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.