An Englishman’s Home — The Adventures of an Eccentric Gardener by Tom Hart Dyke

Published by Bantam Press, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Short, closed, tear to the head of the upper panel. Price Clipped.

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Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: Held captive by guerrillas in the mountains of Central American danger zone the Darien Gap, Tom Hart Dyke kept hold of his sanity by dreaming of building a garden filled with plants from every corner of the globe. He would recreate a map of the world, with indigenous plants growing in their native countries a profusion of natures weirdest and most wonderful flora that would amaze and delight all who saw it.

Safely back home in Kent after his ordeal, Tom was struck by inspiration. If he built his dream, he could finally lay his demons to rest and at the same time revive the failing fortunes of his family home, Lullingstone Castle.

An Englishmans Home charts the highs and lows of Toms quest to build his world garden. Inspired by his own eccentric ancestors and the pioneering plant-hunters of history, Tom finds no problem insurmountable. His determination to turn Lullingstone into a major tourist attraction and centre for plant enthusiasts overrides all the obstacles that freezing conditions and financial planners can throw in his way.

This wonderful book, a must for plant enthusiasts and fans of Toms irrepressible television appearances, is a glorious tale of English eccentricity in full bloom.

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