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Why We Garden

The art, science, philosophy and joy of gardening

Claire Masset



ISBN: 9781849947565

Price: £ 14.99

Publication date: 2 March 2023

Category: Lifestyle & Gardening

Explore the mystery of what makes us love gardening, via history, science, art and philosophy.

Whether you seek sanctuary in your potting shed, find paradise amongst your patio plants or enjoy the simple solace of your hands in the soil, there is beauty, peace and happiness to be found for every gardener in this thoughtful and entertaining collection.

Both a hymn to gardening and a call to action, this down-to-earth guide is worth a hundred ‘how-tos’. Wander the gardens of Giverny with Monet to create your own ‘beautiful masterpiece’ or, like George Orwell, reap the joy to be found in the work of a vegetable plot. Discover the soothing symmetry in the spiral of sunflower seeds, or, like William Morris, provide a wild abundance for the natural visitors to your garden.

Drawing inspiration from gardening greats – from the ancient Greek and French philosophers Epicurus and Voltaire, via the wisdom of Margery Fish and Gertrude Jekyll, to Monty Don and modern-day guerrilla gardeners – this beautifully illustrated compilation is a thoughtful gift for any gardener.


Claire Masset is an editor and writer, currently working for the National Trust and running their gardening books list. She is a garden writer for magazines including Gardens Illustrated, Period Living, Historic Gardens Review and Garden Design Journal and is the author of many gardening books, including the bestselling Secret Gardens of the National Trust (2017), Roses and Rose Gardens (2019), and Cottage Gardens (2020).