This splendid book is a historical, horticultural journey told through fifty garden tools as a guide, each one having its own tale to tell.
The garden shed shelters some improbable stories, including
# the Mayan and Mediterranean clay pot makers
# the tale of the tailor, trimming the uniforms of English Redcoats, who invented the lawn mower;
# from the manic evolution of the seventeenth-century Dutch bulb planter
# to the plant container that created a movable orchard at Versailles;
# from the back story of Henry David Thoreau's favourite hoe
# to Gertrude Jekyll's homemade daisy digger.
Apart from these fascinating stories this book also provides some useful insights into the care and preservation of our own garden tools.