“I’m not dead yet,” writes Clare Hastings to her daughter, Calypso, who will one day inherit Clare’s beloved cottage garden in the Berkshire Downs. “In fact I woke up this morning feeling quite chipper. I glanced out of the window..and thought about you. And felt a frisson of panic. What if I were to be struck down before elevenses on the B4009? I realized that I needed to leave you a handbook about the garden. For you the countryside is a pathway from the car park to the door, to be completed on the run. But I’m not giving up.”
Despite being the daughter of a celebrated gardening writer Clare too was a latecomer to gardening, daunted by Latin names and nervous around plants. Then she realized she wasn’t and never would be a `proper plantsman’ and that it didn’t matter. Since then she has explored the joys of gardening and now after many years’ experience of her own cottage garden, Clare imparts her knowledge to Calypso.
Join us for a memorable evening where Clare and Calypso will share their thoughts about the book and gardening, and read from Gardening Notes from a Late Bloomer (a gorgeous pocket-sized green hardback at £12.99 with drawings by Osbert Lancaster) before answering questions from the audience and signing copies.
Drinks 7:00 in GrapeSmith, talk 7:30 in Garden Art. Thursday 3rd May, at Barrs Yard, Hungerford.
Tickets are £7 and include a glass of wine. Space is limited so please book early.