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WHERE THE HORNBEAM GROWS: A Journey in Search of a Garden
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Horticulture and human feelings twine together here and what flourishes in the several gardens of this book is in the end hope. Beth Lynch's subtle and moving book is about the heart-work of finding and making a place for oneself in the world, the effort of putting down roots, the pain of tearing them up again, and how one grows to know another person or another landscape. When Beth Lynch moved to Switzerland, she realised that the sheer will to connect with people would not guarantee a happy relocation. Out of place and lonely, she sets about making herself at home in the way she knows best, by tending her garden and growing things. She searches through meadows and on mountain paths where familiar garden plants run wild, to the rugged hills of the Swiss Jura. In this remote and unfamiliar place of glow worms and dormice and singing toads she learns to garden in a new way, taking her cue from the natural world. As she plants her paradise with hellebores and aquileges, cornflowers and Japanese anemones, these cherished species forge green and deepening connections - to her new soil, to her old life in England, and to her deceased parents whose Sussex garden continues to flourish in her heart. A beautiful memoir about carrying a garden inwardly through loss, dislocation and relocation and about finding a green place of your own which in turn nurtures ourselves. 262pp.

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