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The Grove:

A Nature Odyssey in 19 1/2 Front Gardens

Stories of life, death, love and flowers told by the plants of a single street


'The best gardening book of 2022.' The Telegraph

'A book to make even a quick trip to the corner shop endlessly fascinating. Dark has been dubbed the millennial Monty Don for this beautifully written study of the oft-overlooked nature on our doorsteps...Dark teases the drama, humour and history from even the most commonplace buddleja, box and tulip.' George Hudson, Evening Standard, Favourite Gardening Books of the Year

'This enjoyable read throws a spotlight on the everyday.' Rachel De Thame's 10 Best Gardening Books of 2022, the Sunday Times

'Gardening for a billionaire taught Ben Dark that "plants alone are not enough to make a garden special". Instead he finds "special" in the people and the history, as well as the plants, that fill 19½ London front gardens. A soulful read. Tom Howard, RHS The Garden, Best Books of The Year

'A wonderful book.' Alexandra Shulman, Mail on Sunday

'Ben Dark's beautifully observed book, The Grove: A Nature Odyssey in 19 ½ Front Gardens, tells the stories of 20 key plants growing in a single London street's front gardens in a way that's as engaging as it is informative.' The Irish Times

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Available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audiobook

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