An English Year won a word of mouth fam and a group of enthusiastic admirers. This is quite a different sort of book a book for collectors of old gardening books -- and for those who'd like to collect them; a book for those interested in the curiosities of gardening history through the centuries. It is a scholarly book, which only a garden enthusiast, cut off, perhaps, from the joy of practical gardening, would write. The uses of gardens- in many languages- from early history, has been sought out through bits in literature, in architecture, in records. Utilitarian they were in the Anglo-Saxon days; the monks kept the art alive in the Dark Ages; the Crusaders brought back new treasures; the formality of the French, the extravagant statuary of the Italians, the curious adaptations made by the English makes the 17th and 18th century fascinating to explore. The literature of gardens bits in Browne and Bacon, in Chaucer and Shakespeare- clue period and interest. There are odd bits of information, hard to come by; there are bits of verse and quaint sayings; there are personal digressions that make one feel one knows the author. And at the end, there's a Bibliography which will delight those who would explore further.