Friday, March 20, 2015

Bookish Botanicals

It's spring! Time to start thinking about tulip bulbs and flowerbeds. But you don't have to have a green thumb to delight in a colorful garden of exotic flora and fauna; you only need the right books. Here are ten botanical-inspired titles even non-gardeners can enjoy this season.

The Gilded Lily by Helen Argers

Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsely

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss

Snowdrops by A. D. Miller

The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf by Stephanie Barron

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Happy Reading!


  1. Great topic! I was just noticing how many "tree" books there are. The Lemon Tree, The Rosemary Tree, and The Nutmeg Tree, to name a few.

    1. Now you've got me curious about other "tree" books. ;-)

  2. Haha! This is a great idea, especially for someone like me who routinely kills plants...:(

    1. You can't kill any of these "plants". :)
      I'm not much of a gardener, either. I like the idea of it, but not the actual hard work part. I prefer to read about it instead.

  3. Do you know if The white garden is any good? I do like a novel with Virginia Woolf as a character in it.

    I like this kind of post, very original!
    Kind regards,

    1. I read The White Garden and I liked it. The main character, Jo Bellamy, finds a diary written by Woolf with an entry dated after she supposedly died...which leads Jo to try and solve this mystery. (I also liked the bits about The White Garden which was created by Vita Sackville-West.) I thought it was an interesting and fun fiction read.