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eBook Old Herbaceous ePub

by Reginald Arkell

  • ISBN: 0753196921
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Reginald Arkell
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Isis (January 12, 2001)
  • Pages: 160
  • ePub book: 1682 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1271 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 810

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Reginald Arkell (October 14 1881 – May 1, 1959) was a British script writer and comic novelist who wrote many musical plays for the London theatre. The most popular of those was an adaptation of the spoof history book 1066 and All That: 1066-and all. The most popular of those was an adaptation of the spoof history book 1066 and All That: 1066-and all that: A Musical Comedy based on that Memorable History by Sellar and Yeatman. He was the author of A Cottage in the Country and the Green Fingers series of garden verse.

by. Arkell, Reginald, 1882-1959. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by sf-loadersive. org on December 11, 2009.

Arkell was Reginald Arkell was a British script writer and comic novelist who wrote many musical plays for the London theatre.

Published by Mermaid Books (1952). Published by The Country Book Club (1952).

Old Herbaceous, they called him when they thought he wasn’t listening. But crusty Bert Pinnegar, head gardener at the Manor, didn’t care what liberties they took. Old Herbaceous - Reginald Arkell. His first love had always been his lady’s garden, throughout his eighty years on God’s green earth; and if he had made it a little greener, why, that was all that mattered.

Great performance tonight by Giles Shenton in 'Old Herbaceous' at MLT. Loved every minute. 12 August 2018 at 07:04. 12 August 2018 at 07:04 enter. My wife and I thought about going, or should I say not going, as it was a grey and overcast evening with much rain in the air and while there was a hardcover over the space the sides were open to the elements. With all that said we are so glad that we did.

This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.

Comments

Kagalkree Kagalkree
You know, one of the really great things about gardeners is how wonderfully generous they are with advice, most of it rubbish of course and rarely is it advice they themselves follow in anything like a systematic way, as I have noticed. But every so often you pick up a nugget of great value from a gardening acquaintance, and experienced gardeners are always on the lookout for that. So here is something along the line of a pearl of rare price. If you have never read Old Herbaceous by Reginald Arkell, go out and buy this fine book immediately. It was written in 1950, near the end of the author's long life, and it is a novel about a crusty old English gardener near the end of his own long life, looking back on what made him the gardener - and the man - he is now. You can just hear the lilting sing-song of the rural accents of the village characters; Arkell has captured them with perfect pitch. What a lovely and humane book this is, a gentle comedy enriched with sober observation on the practice and philosophy of gardening. It has the broad comedy of Beverley Nichols' great gardening books but also their depth and perhaps a bit more gravitas. It is truly a gem and, though far too brief, something you will take to heart and cherish.

But don't just take my word for it. It is a standard-bearer of the Modern Library's gardening series, edited by the best-selling writer Michael Pollan. He writes in his introduction to the series that these are all books for literate gardeners: "And so I read to garden, and gardened to read, counting myself lucky for having stumbled on a sideline with such a lively and lasting literature. For what other pastime has spawned so many fine books?" And that is followed by enthusiastic comments on Old Herbaceous itself by gardening great Penelope Hobhouse.

The narrator's tone is elegiac and heavily nostalgic, as is not surprising in a gardener whose life and career began as a foundling and gardener's boy in the Victorian era, saw the great-house golden era of Edwardian times, the economic dislocations of World War I, the roaring twenties and then World War II and the post-war era of shortages and rationing. It plugs directly into the enlivening current that makes the television series "Downton Abbey" so popular: nostalgic, beautifully observed and humane, while history washes over and changes fully realized characters that we love and care about. Officially this is a book about gardening, but really it is a book about saying goodbye, letting go, having your life in its proper perspective at all times, living quietly and with beauty and dignity. All things gardeners are working out in their own gardens the world over.

You would have to have a heart of stone not to feel Old Herbaceous' pain in the scene when he has to part with his beloved but now frail Mrs. Charteris, who owned the manor home for many years and has to move into smaller quarters; or when he is cruelly given the sack late in life by the new owners (though this is later rescinded). Here is the likable and sunny Old Herbaceous himself, philosophizing about the good things that come to a man with age: "If you could peel the years from a man's life, as you do the leaves from a globe artichoke, you would find him having his happiest time between the ages of fifty and sixty-five...A golden, mellowing period which brings out all that is best in a man. Kindliness creeps in; cheerfulness spreads its warming rays, even a little humor..."

The warming rays and gentle humor of this book are certainly charming. It is a short, nostalgic and deeply humane novel that has earned its place as one of England's great gardening classics.
Lanin Lanin
I first read this book 20 years ago, and was thrilled to find it is now available as an e-book. What fun to revisit it and again enjoy the well told story of a boy in the late 1800s and his rise through the hierarchy to become head gardener on the same estate he joined straight out of school. Lots of interesting historical information, humor and just good story telling.
Ximathewi Ximathewi
What a charming little novel. As someone who enjoys reading about characters who were on the periphery of the people's lives they served, such as governesses and vicars, this was a thoroughly enjoyable tale about a gardener. His passion and connection to the natural world touched me deeply. There is a correlation between the history of the garden, a part of England's history and this gardener's life history that slowly weaved through the decades. He was a man of few words but full of depth, perceptive, sensitive and caring. I actually cried at the end.
Swift Summer Swift Summer
One of the finest books I have read in a lifetime of reading. So very glad it has been reissued. It is an antidote to our terrible times, and one comes away from this book feeling heartened and strangely peaceful. I have in the last few months bought and distributed five (5) copies to friends who have unanimously said more or less what I have just said, that it is a marvellous book. Great to see it back in print.
Mitynarit Mitynarit
I just spent the day getting my garden into shape for Spring when I discovered this book. It was a recommended read from Countrylife UK. The book takes you back to a time pre WWI to post WWII in England and tells the story of a lifelong gardener. I learned some new things about gardens, but mostly loved the rhythm of the story. Glad this was available on Kindle. Very enjoyable book and the main character as well as the author can be described only as SWEET.
Rigiot Rigiot
Old Herbaceous was first published in about 1950. It is the fictional chronicle of the life of Old Herbaceous, the head gardener at an English manor house. He begins life as a foundling child, early develops a love for flowers which grow along an abandoned canal, and then becomes a gardener at the manor house after impressing the Lady of the Manor at a garden show. Gradually he rises through the ranks of gardeners to eventually become head gardener.

This book is pleasing for several reasons. First, it helps us understand what a complex thing an English manor house must have been, with its ranks of servants and underlings. Secondly, it has beautiful descriptions of flowers, shrubs, trees, and other elements of the English countryside. Finally, its a great social history in microcosm of the changes England underwent from the 1870s through the World War II era.

In many ways Old Herbaceous is another Goodbye Mr. Chips: a short quiet book about a seemingly unimportant individual who turns out to be much more than he appears.
Kulwes Kulwes
Modern Library Gardening is a wonderful series. I just finished reading this wonderful book. I love the character, Herbert Pinnegar, and it's so wonderful to read this book, spending time in his garden with him, looking up all of the flowers he talks about. This might even convince me to grow morning glories again. I've been reading this all day, in between going to the farm market, and cooking the fresh vegetables. I stopped at Lowes on the way home from the market, and as I parked the car, I noticed my neighbors, husband and wife, hovering about the herbs outside of the store. They jumped when they saw me, worried that I was an employee of Lowes. They were picking caterpillars off of the curly parsley! It seems that they take the bugs home, put them into an old fish tank, and grow butterflies!
A story of gardens, and aging, and of making your way in the world. I could see the most beautiful of gardens in my mind's eye as I read this story. Highly recommended.