In Diary of a French Herb Garden, English food writer Geraldene Holt tells the captivating story of how she came to restore an ancient walled garden in a beautiful village deep in the Ardèche region of France. The reader then accompanies the author through all the stages of re-making the garden from the construction of its cobbled footpath and stone bridge, and the discovery of its ancient irrigation system, to the eventual planting of the first herbs. Equally beguiling are the stories of the villagers and the many ways in which they use the herbs that thrive in the Provençal climate. Holt’s lively narrative follows the gardening year, month by month, offering helpful tips to those inspired to grow their own aromatic and culinary herbs. Illustrated throughout with delicate engravings, Diary of a French Herb Garden is a book that will charm gardeners, cooks, and Francophiles alike.
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Geraldene Holt's first book Cake Stall contains recipes that were tried and tested during twenty years of family cooking and entertaining. Since then she has written many more books and has become a well-known and influential food writer. She has written columns and articles for various publications including Homes and Gardens, The Independent on Sunday and The Daily Telegraph and presently is an occasional food writer for Food Illustrated. She has made many radio and television broadcasts and she now lives in France.From Booklist:
It was, quite simply, a labor of love, this restoration of a medieval walled garden in the remote French village of Saint Montan. Acclaimed food writer Holt traded in her spatula for a shovel and embarked on a year-long reclamation of ground once tended by the village curate. Overgrown with weeds, abandoned and unloved, the plot is slated to become a public park, but Holt convinces the village elders to let her return the garden to its former glory as a public potager, renewed with authentic plants and native herbs. Aided by the bonhomie of the villagers, who share snips and cuttings from their own gardens, and the bonne chance of a benevolent Mediterranean climate, Holt succeeds in creating a haven of fragrance and beauty. Month by month, she chronicles her efforts, sharing both her landscape design and her list of plants. With an infectious joie de vivre, Holt conveys her passion for the land and its people in a delightful diary that is equal parts travelogue and garden guide. Carol Haggas
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