Wood and Garden: Notes and Thoughts, Practical and Critical, of a Working Amate…

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(4.7 stars; 11 reviews)

Wood and Garden reads like a walk through the garden with renowned garden designer Gertrude Jekyll as she discusses her plant choices and placement, how she integrates nature into her design, and how she maintains and enjoys the garden. (Summary by A. Gramour) (7 hr 59 min)


CHAPTER I Introductory 10:15 Read by Ruth Golding
CHAPTER II January 21:13 Read by Ruth Golding
CHAPTER III February 22:13 Read by Ann Boulais
CHAPTER IV March 23:59 Read by Ruth Golding
CHAPTER V April 24:16 Read by Ruth Golding
Chapter VI Part One May 21:24 Read by Sarah Nuxoll
Chapter VI Part Two May 14:24 Read by Sarah Nuxoll
CHAPTER VII June 20:10 Read by Sarah Nuxoll
CHAPTER VIII July 19:13 Read by Tom Crawford
CHAPTER IX August 19:33 Read by Amy Gramour
CHAPTER X September 27:06 Read by Carol
CHAPTER XI Part One October 14:00 Read by Carol Kutcher
CHAPTER XI Part Two October 17:43 Read by Amy Gramour
CHAPTER XII November 22:02 Read by Amy Gramour
CHAPTER XIII December 23:19 Read by Bev J Stevens
CHAPTER XIV Large and Small Gardens 26:41 Read by Amy Gramour
CHAPTER XV Beginning and Learning 19:17 Read by Esther
CHAPTER XVI The Flower-Border and Pergola 25:46 Read by Amy Gramour
CHAPTER XVII The Primrose Garden 7:47 Read by Ruth Golding
CHAPTER XVIII Colours of Flowers 12:59 Read by Amy Gramour
CHAPTER XIX The Scents of the Garden 19:36 Read by Carol Box
CHAPTER XX The Worship of False Gods 13:51 Read by Janet
CHAPTER XXI Novelty and Variety 11:11 Read by Janet
CHAPTER XXII Weeds and Pests 11:42 Read by Garth Burton
CHAPTER XXIII The Bedding Fashion and Its Influence 12:18 Read by Garth Burton
CHAPTER XXIV Masters and Men 17:09 Read by Ruth Golding


Really enjoyable book if u like gardens & history

(5 stars)

This book is interesting without being exciting, so very good to fall asleep on. The author was a well-known garden designer in, I would guess, the late 1800s. Some of her ideas seem quite old-fashioned; others are still useful today. Most of her experience was with ornamental or pleasure gardens rather than vegetables. She was a proponent of leaving existing natural plantings in place or enhancing them with just a few exotics. The book is interesting both from a gardening standpoint and a historical one. I learned a lot about how people used to garden, what used to be popular in gardens, how people garden in a climate different from mine, etc. Most of the readers were great.

(4.5 stars)

I enjoyed this book and especially appreciated the language and prose; quite beautifully written. The recitation of the latin names, the topic, and the careful reading by the volunteers made this a very soothing read/listening experience. Thanks to all who made it possible!