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World Book Day

World book day gardening books

Just a few of Sara’s favourites.

As World Book Day approaches  – it’s on Thursday March 5th – we’re certainly not short of reading material on Our Flower Patch , having been the lucky recipients of several garden-related books to review. Sara went to the launch of Charles Dowding’s latest book at the Garden Museum in London recently and Cally has been working her way through a series of exciting, new and beautifully illustrated books. Keep your eyes peeled here for reviews over the coming weeks before the business of sowing begins in earnest and you are spending every spare moment tending your seedlings rather than reading in front of the fire.

To celebrate the day itself Cally’s daughter is dressing up as Scout (To Kill a Mocking Bird). There are sure to be several well known literary characters masquerading as teachers at school. Cally even gardened as the witch from ‘Room on the Broom’ once. This year however we are marking the occasion with a give away. You could be the lucky recipient of a copy of Georgie Newbery’s book on flower farming. In case you missed it first time around here is Sara’s review of this popular and beautifully photographed guide to the Somerset flower farmer’s patch.

To be in with a chance of getting your hands on a copy, all you have to do is subscribe to our blog and leave a comment here telling us what is your favourite gardening book. By subscribing to the blog, you’ll be sure never to miss out on hints. tips, reviews and giveaways for the school gardener or home flower farmer. It’s a win win situation. We’ll pick a winner at random on March 20th and publish the name of the lucky recipient here. (You must live in the UK to be eligible for this competition)

Tell us. What’s your recommendation for World Book Day for gardeners?


Our Flower Patch reviews The Flower Farmer's year by Georgie Newbery.

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World Book Day (from March 6th)

Louise Curley The Cut Flower Patch

Louise Curley’s new book – it’s a must read.

Here on Our Flower Patch there are plenty of reasons to celebrate World Book Day today.

Firstly today’s the day Louise Curley’s new book The Cut Flower Patch is published. We can’t wait to get our hands on a signed copy. Some of you may know Lou from Twitter or from her informative blog.  If you want to start growing a cutting patch in your garden or on your allotment, this book could well become your flower growing bible.

Secondly, there’s a golden opportunity for sharing some flowery, garden based stories with our own children.

One of Sara’s favourite books to share with her son Henry is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. She remembers enjoying it herself as a young child, enjoyed sharing it with her classes when she was teaching and now loves to read it to Henry. Sara wishes the caterpillars on her patch preferred chocolate cake and salami to her flower plants, but she does love the butterflies that are the end result. Henry love to see the bright colourful butterfly at the end of the book, and the ones that join them both at Sara’s own flower patch.

Cally loves Tom’s Midnight Garden so much that she directed the stage play a couple of years ago. This magical tale of what happens when a clock strikes thirteen and a friendship is forged in a garden has inspired Cally’s love of gardens which come to life after dark. One day she is determined to plant her own midnight garden is an upcycled bed.

Unsurprisingly both Cally and Sara loved Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden in their youth. Sara remembers pretending to be Mary, the main character, when she was gardening as a young girl in her Nan’s garden. She would build dens with her brother and create mini gardens, pulling away the weeds to let the plants have room to grow.

The Secret Garden a favourite read for Our Flower Patch.

We both love The Secret Garden.

Here’s Cally’s blog about this children’s classic and why gardening is good for you.

We’re sure you have your own favourites. Why not tweet us and tell us about them?

Happy reading!