A garden and a child-the similarities between the two can be striking. Both require time and patience. Both call for a very special person to look after their needs and to consider their futures. And both will blossom when tended with a mother's love. This heartwarming collection of essays and stories-from beloved classics and modern favorites, authored by writing gardeners and gardening writers alike-celebrates the role of a mother's love in helping her garden and her children grow. Featuring selections from previously published material by noted garden essayists, as well as compelling excerpts from novels and memoirs, this volume is a touching tribute to mothers everywhere, whose perennial gifts of attention and care allow those they love to truly bloom.
Author Biography: Penelope Hobhouse is a garden writer, garden designer, garden historian, lecturer and gardener. Until 1993 she was in charge of the National Trust Gardens at Tintinhull House in Somerset. Her books include Colour in Your Garden, Plants in Garden History, Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening, Penelope Hobhouse's Garden Designs, and Penelope Hobhouse's Natural Planting. In 1996 she hosted The Art and Practice of Gardening (with Perennial Productions) for House and Garden Television in the United States.