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Gardener's Year

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The Gardener’s Year is a charming and light-hearted insight into the life of an amateur gardener. Structured loosely around what to plant, grow or cultivate each month, Karel Capek takes us on a rollicking journey through a year in his own small garden.


From making puddles with an untamable hose to sowing luxuriant weeds instead of grass, Karel Capek reveals how a gardener grows into his surroundings ‘spurred on by each new failure’. Subverting the tradition of a ‘how to’ gardening book, he teaches his readers about the magic of seeds, the perils of planting vegetables and the thrilling surprises of a rock garden. As the year progresses and frail buds turn from flowering stems to drooping bulbs and falling leaves, Capek’s small garden buzzes with life, wisdom and humour.

This lovely pocket-sized book with ribbon marker makes the perfect gift or a treat for any gardener and book lover. This edition features lively black and white illustrations by Czech artist Josef Capek and is translated by M. and R. Weatherall.

Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.3 x 15.5 cm

Print length: 176 pages

Format: Hardcover

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