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Top tips for gardeners — from stroking seedlings to stacking logs

Ursula Buchan’s choice of gardening books: Paradise and Plenty, The Book of Pears, Grow for Flavour, 365 Days of Colour in Your Garden, Oxford College Gardens, and Norwegian Wood

21 November 2015

9:00 AM

21 November 2015

9:00 AM

I spent the summer of 1976 working as a trainee gardener at the Arboretum Kalmthout in Belgium. My employer was charming and kind, but I could not suppress a prickle of shame-faced irritation every time she mentioned a former student called Susan Dickinson. Whenever I leant on my hoe for a moment in the pelting heat, I was reminded how accomplished and hardworking this horticultural superheroine had been.

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