A collection of sparkling and unpredictable essays ranging across the whole world of gardening, and sometimes slightly beyond, from the acclaimed author of THE TRANSPLANTED GARDENER and THE POTTING SHED PAPERS. Tales of great gardeners and heroic plant hunters share space with more personal revelations – exactly why every man needs a tractor, how to deal with woodchucks or a relentless west wind, the challenge of a knotweed infestation. Botanical frauds and heroic plant hunters, splendid gardens past and present, stirring discoveries and hopeless failures – all these and more fall beneath the writer’s amused and endlessly curious eye. Funny, informative and dependably entertaining, Elliott once again demonstrates why readers from Bill Bryson to Alan Titchmarsh have so enjoyed and praised his work.
"Charles Elliott is a saint. He provides all the pleasures of gardening without any of the aches and pains."
- Bill Bryson
"As autumn's chills set in, this elegant volume, with its mixture of personal anecdote and wide-ranging scholarship, is the ideal armchair gardener's companion."
- Daily Mail
"As a reader, you are in safe hands with Charles Elliott. Lauded author of 'The Transplanted Gardener' and the 'Potting Shed Papers' series of books, you know what you are getting when he puts his eloquent and yet amusing pen to paper. The title piece is a point in kind - 'Why Every Man Needs a Tractor' is instantly engaging, pleasant, inclusive and informative - but mostly entertaining, thanks to Elliott's innate ability to insightfully look back and laugh at himself." - English Garden
"A hymn to the glories of owning a tractor, even when you don't really need one. (Or especially when you don't really need one)."
- Independent on Sunday
"These essays about the whole universe of gardening are both wide ranging and hugely entertaining."
"His charming collection of short essays covers subjects from the feats of Victorian plant hunters to the horrors of knotweed."
- Daily Mail
"Tales of great gardeners and heroic plant hunters share space with more personal revelations in this hummorous gem."
- Eastern Daily Press
"Entertaining essays for the green-fingered."
"Tales of great gardeners and heroic plant hunters share space with more personal revelations in this humorous gem"
- Grimsby Telegraph
"Entertaining and knowledgeable essays." - Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal