Read (and heed) The Deckchair Gardener

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

As summer comes to an end, many look at their yards and wonder what might have been. What might have been if they had spent another few hours pruning or mowing or…

I am not one of those people!

Sure, I want a nice lawn and maybe even a garden, but between writing for over 100 publications, speaking to millions on the radio, teaching writing and boxing, and raising twins (not to mention marital duties), I do not have the time!

Fortunately, I found a cute little guide for people like me.

Written by famed British gardener Anne Wareham, The Deckchair Gardener (published by Michael O’Mara Books) is a slim volume that is worth its weight in mulch. Instead of telling people what they should or must do (like so many gardening guides and shows do), Wareham prunes down the necessities of gardening to the bare essentials, making garden care as minimal as Bonsai care. While some of her UK references may be lost on we Colonists, the snippets of garden-themed verse and cute gnome illustrations and tips give the book a sense of liberation and fun that is as as refreshingly welcome as the first blooms in spring (they are supposed to bloom in Spring, right?).