The Gardener's Year

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The Gardener's Year
By (author): Karel Capek Illustrated by: Josef Capek Translated by: Marie Weatherall

A pocket-sized gift edition of Karel Capek's The Gardener's Year, featuring charming black and white line drawings by the author's brother, Josef Capek.

This complete and unabridged edition of 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, 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 edition contains lively black and white illustrations by Czech artist Josef Capek and is translated by M. and R. Weatherall.

6.64in x 7.74 x 0.55 in | 140 gr
176 pages
B&W illustrations
Macmillan Collector's Library

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