Synopses & Reviews
Wilfrid Blunt (1901-1987) is probably best known today as a biographer of Linnaeus and as the author of the classic study The Art of Botanical Illustration. But Blunt also had his lighter side. Of Flowers & a Village is a novel written in the form of chatty letters from a doting godfather to his goddaughter, Flora, an enthusiastic (if inexperienced) gardener who is recovering from an illness that has left her temporarily bedridden. Although we learn a great deal about daily life in the village of Dewbury, the subject never strays far from gardening — by the novel's end, both Flora and the reader have received a gentle but thorough horticultural education. Never has learning about gardening been so much fun.
andquot;An enjoyable, lighthearted read for and#39;flower loversand#39; of all kinds.andquot;
and#8212;Erin Kappeler, Horticulture, Fall 2006
"In these amusing letters [Wilfrid Blunt] tells Flora about his new home, its eccentric citizens, and a great deal about plants and gardening, the latter an education that gardeners will appreciate."
—Lori D. Kranz, Bloomsbury Review, March/April 2006 Bloomsbury Review
"The letters are filled with wicked remarks about the neighbours, together with careful observations of plants and gardening practices; a gentle prod at those of us who take our gardening too seriously." Sue Tasker, Professional Gardener, April 2006 Professional Gardner
"An enjoyable, lighthearted read for 'flower lovers' of all kinds."
—Erin Kappeler, Horticulture, Fall 2006 Horticulture
This beloved classic, written in the form of chatty letters from a doting godfather to his goddaughter, is as endearing as it is instructive. By the end, the reader has received a gentle but thorough horticultural education. Never has learning about gardening been so much fun.
About the Author
Wilfrid Blunt (1901—1987) was senior drawing master at Eton College, an associate of the Royal College of Art, and a fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Perhaps best known today as a writer of biographies, Blunt also wrote several other books on European art and botany. His most acclaimed work and ground-breaking study, The Art of Botanical Illustration, first published in 1950, is today considered a classic. Upon retiring from Eton in 1959, he became curator of the Watts Gallery Museum in Compton, where he remained the rest of his life.