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An Englishman s Home: The Adventures Of An Eccentric Gardener (Paperback)

Tom Hart Dyke

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ISBN 10: 0552155063 / ISBN 13: 9780552155069
Published by Transworld Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2008
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Tom Hart Dyke has a bit of a thing about plants. You might call it an obsession. You might call him certifiable, in fact. But it s a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large ramshackle country estate and an obsession with plant collecting could want for only one thing - in Tom s case it s a walled garden containing examples of plants collected from every corner of the globe. Tom s infectious enthusiasm for anything with chlorophyll in it and the hugely ambitious World Garden project he has undertaken at his family home, Lullingstone Castle, in Kent have been documented in a 12-part television series for BBC 2. The first six parts ( Save Lullingstone Castle ) were shown in spring 2006, and the second six episodes ( Return to Lullingstone Castle ) in spring 2007 to coincide with hardback publication.Tom s attempts to set up the World Garden aren t exactly straightforward. You might imagine, for example, that the easiest way to start preparing the ground inside the walled Elizabethan garden which he transforms into the main part of the world garden would be to enlist the help of a few people and a lot of hard digging. Well not for Tom, who enlists instead two large pigs, who do indeed do a great job of turning over the earth and fertilising it with great organic manure. But the problem is that they keep escaping into the Hart Dyke family burial plot next door where they start digging up Tom s ancestors. The World Garden is created to bring together a truly amazing collection of plants from every continent and so to show the global origins of the plants we all grow in our gardens. It s already establishing itself as a tourist attraction of some note as well as an educational resource. This is a book for all those who bought Tim Smit s Lost Gardens of Heligan . It s stuffed full of fascinating botanical information as well as the story of Tom s hapless struggle to overcome huge logistical nightmares. It s a riveting, hilarious story of English eccentricity in full bloom. Bookseller Inventory # AAO9780552155069

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Title: An Englishman s Home: The Adventures Of An ...

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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The entertaining story of the ambitious World Garden project at Lullingstone Castle in Kent — an attempt to establish a collection of plants from every continent — currently being documented in a twelve-part BBC series. It’s a riveting story of English eccentricity in full bloom.
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Held captive by guerrillas in Darien Gap, Tom Hart Dyke kept hold of his sanity by dreaming of a ‘world garden’ made up of plants from every corner of the globe. Once safely back in Kent after his ordeal, Tom was struck by the desire to make his dream a reality.In so doing he could finally lay his demons to rest and, at the same time, revive the fortunes of his ancient family home, Lullingstone Castle. An Englishman’s Home charts the highs and lows of Tom’s quest to build the World Garden.No problem is insurmountable and Tom’s determination to turn Lullingstone into a major tourist attraction and centre for plant enthusiasts overrides all the obstacles that are thrown his way.His book is a glorious tale of English eccentricity in full bloom. ‘Tom Hart Dyke is quite an exotic hothouse hybrid himself: the Lara Croft of flowers ... a sweet twenty-first-century David Bellamy’ Observer

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