Green Shades

Elizabeth Jane Howard

04 March 2021
256 pages


From the acclaimed author of the Cazalet Chronicles, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Green Shades: An Anthology of Plants, Gardens and Gardeners brings together a diverse and fascinating selection of garden writing that spans the centuries, the seasons and the species.

Elizabeth Jane Howard once said that she would certainly have been a gardener had she not become a writer first. This collection is a testament to that passion.

The contents are delightfully eclectic and wide-ranging, practical as well as lyrical – she pays homage to the great English landscape artists of the eighteenth century and to the great women gardeners such as Vita Sackville-West.

There’s advice from Pliny on how walnuts can be used to dye hair and Joseph Addison encourages blackbirds to gorge on his cherry trees. Linking the numerous extracts is Elizabeth Jane Howard’s perceptive and highly personal commentary, which skilfully leads the reader from one subject to the next.

Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, pocket-sized classics with ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover.

A lovely gift for a garden lover
[Elizabeth Jane Howard's] talent seemed so effervescent, so unstoppable, that there was no predicting where it might take her.