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  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446422502
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

An Englishman's Home

The Adventures Of An Eccentric Gardener



The hilarious true story of Tom Hart Dyke's attempts to build the World Garden at Lullingstone Castle in Kent, as seen on BBC 2

Tom Hart Dyke has a bit of a thing about plants. You might call it an obsession. You might call him certifiable, in fact. But it's a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large ramshackle country estate and an obsession with plant collecting could want for only one thing - in Tom's case it's a walled garden containing examples of plants collected from every corner of the globe.

Tom's infectious enthusiasm for anything with chlorophyll in it and the hugely ambitious World Garden project he has undertaken at his family home, Lullingstone Castle, in Kent have been documented in a 12-part television series for BBC 2. The first six parts Save Lullingstone Castlewere shown in spring 2006, and the second six episodes Return to Lullingstone Castle in spring 2007 to coincide with hardback publication.

Tom's attempts to set up the World Garden aren't exactly straightforward. You might imagine, for example, that the easiest way to start preparing the ground inside the walled Elizabethan garden which he transforms into the main part of the world garden would be to enlist the help of a few people and a lot of hard digging. Well not for Tom, who enlists instead two large pigs, who do indeed do a great job of turning over the earth and fertilising it with great organic manure. But the problem is that they keep escaping into the Hart Dyke family burial plot next door where they start digging up Tom's ancestors…

The World Garden is created to bring together a truly amazing collection of plants from every continent and so to show the global origins of the plants we all grow in our gardens. It's already establishing itself as a tourist attraction of some note as well as an educational resource.

This is a book for all those who bought Tim Smit's Lost Gardens of Heligan. It's stuffed full of fascinating botanical information as well as the story of Tom's hapless struggle to overcome huge logistical nightmares. It's a riveting, hilarious story of English eccentricity in full bloom.

  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446422502
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Tom Hart Dyke

Tom Hart Dyke is a botanist whose wild enthusiasm for plants in a Channel 4 To the Ends of the Earth documentary led Kathryn Flett of the Observer to describe him as 'the new David Bellamy'. He is also the star of BBC2's Save Lullingstone Castle and Return to Lullingstone Castle which chronicle his adventures building a World Garden of Plants at his ancestral home in Kent.

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Praise for An Englishman's Home

Tom Hart Dyke is the Lara Croft of flowers!

Observer

Tom Hart Dyke is surely England's most extraordinary gardener.

Daily Mail

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