Best books with “garden” in the title
The garden is often seen as a place of refuge from the outside world. It is a place where one can find peace and solitude. Which is also why I find it fascinating to read books with “garden” in the title. As soon as I see the title, it instantly reminds me of the picturesque English gardens.
When it comes to novels I’m pretty sure authors choose the word “garden” for the title for many symbolic reasons.
Garden in these titles can be the symbol of growth, fertility, or rebirth or perhaps just as a symbol of the natural world.
One of my all time favourite novel with the word, garden in the title, has to be Frances Burnett’s class novel The Secret Garden. The novel is as enchanting as it sounds!
So if you adore beautiful gardens and love reading books with “garden” in the title, you’re in for a treat. I have compiled a list of 14 books which come under the category.
Although these books have “garden” in the title, you will be amazed to see how different they are in their narratives and characters. There are whimsical fantasy novels and some feel-good reads. Probably the least excepted book in the list will be a non-fiction book by John Berendt called – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Anyhow, I promise you that you wouldn’t be able to put down any of these reads.
Let’s dive in.
The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
British novelist Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel , “The Secret Garden” follows 10-year-old Mary Lennox, a spoiled child from an aristocratic family. After her parents’ death, the girl has been sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire. However, life in the big house is dull and solitary. When Mary comes to know about an abandoned garden in the manor , she is intrigued by it. Shortly, her secret exploration of the garden leads to many more hidden mysteries. Undoubtedly, One of the best books with a garden in the title.
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
From the author of ” The Nightingale“ comes a powerful novel about motherhood and family. Siblings Meredith and Nina gave up the idea of trying to know their mother. When their father falls ill unexpectedly, the sisters come together in their grief, getting little or no comfort from their disapproving mother. In the death bed, their father requests them to read the Russian fairytale and try to get to know their mother who was raised in Russia during the war. And thus the sisters begin to explore the mysterious life of their mother. Hannah’s Winter garden is a symbolic representation of the past.
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Gardens of Moon by Steven Erikson
Canadian author Steven Erikson’s novel Gardens of Moon is the first in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. This epic fantasy novel features numerous characters and complicated plots. The novel mostly takes place in Genabackis, a continent ruled by the Malazan Empire. The powerful Empire also controls several other realms known as Warrens. It’s through Warrens that the Empire is able to interact with the world of mortals. The novel further explores the struggles of power and ideology of the members of the Empire.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a non-fiction book written by John Berendt. It was published in 1994 and it tells the story of a murder that took place in Savannah, Georgia. The book starts with a prologue that introduces us to Jim Williams, an antiques dealer who lives in Savannah. He is also known as “the most powerful man in town”. One night he shoots his long-time lover Danny Hansford with a shotgun. The book is divided into two parts: the first one tells the life of Jim Williams and part two focuses on the aftermath of the murder.
The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly
Julia Kelly’s historical fiction will take you to a picturesque English countryside and a mysterious garden where lives of three women from different generations are entwined. Venetia Smith is a talented artist from 1907 who designs beautiful gardens for the Elite. Her life changes when she is hired to design the garden for Highbury House. In 1944, a young girl named Beth Pedley is hired to recreate the gardens of Highbury House. Finally in the present day we meet Emma Lovett, whose job is to restore historical gardens. She has found a new project- to restore the gardens of Highbury House estate. The Last Garden in England is an enchanting tale of love, heartbreak and idyllic English Garden.
Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber
Fifty year old Susannah Nelson is regretting her life decisions. The paths she should have taken as an eighteen year old. As a wife and mother, she feels she hasn’t accomplished enough. As her ageing mother demands more of her presence, Susannah decides to move to her parents’ house in Colville. Soon she begins to find peace with her life. As Debbie Macomber is known for her feel-good tales of family and love, Susannah’s Garden is no way different.
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
In this children’s fantasy novel we meet the young Tom, who has been sent to his uncle’s house as his brother catches measles. Tom is unhappy about the prospect of spending his summer in the most boring place. One night, as he was lying on the bed, he hears the strange hour the grandfather clock strikes. Unable to control his curiosity, he steps out of his bed and heads downstairs. What awaits him is a magical garden and a new friend. Another captivating read to add to the books with ‘garden’ in the title.
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
Eva Ward returns to Cornwall, to scatter her sister’s ashes. The Trelowarth House, where the siblings had spent their summer holidays, has been in charge of Halletts family. After her arrival Eva begins to experience strange things. What she thought of as hallucinations turns out to be real. To her shock, she realises that she is able to travel back in time and interact with people from hundreds of years ago. And she has to finally decide where exactly her life belongs.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Forgotten Garden is a dark fairytale which follows the lives of three women from different timelines. Each trying to find their family history and own identity. There is Eliza who was born poor in the late 1800. Next, there is Nell who was found abandoned on an Australian ship dock in 1913. Although she was adopted and was raised by loving parents she didn’t stop searching about her roots. And after her death, her granddaughter Cassandra is about to pursue her grandmother’s task of finding everything about their family and their past.
The Mermaid Garden by Santa Montefiore
This absorbing novel tells new stories. First set in 1960s Italy and follows an impoverished village girl named Floriana. Who is always fascinated by the Tuscan villa in the village. She longed for a peek inside the beautiful villa. Dante, the son of the owner, invites her in and she is captivated not only by the gorgeous garden but also by Dante himself. The next story, is set in present day England and follows the hotel owner Marina, who struggles to run her business. As events in each story unfolds, you will be able to figure out how these stories are connected. The Mermaid Garden is an unforgettable tale of secrets, love and mystery.
A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde
A Secret Garden is a light-hearted novel that follows two women Philly and Lorna. Both women work at a manor house, Philly is a gardener while Lorna is a horticulturist. Their ordinary life is surrounded by friends and family. However, the two hardworking women haven’t really had a serious relationship for a while. Just as they were about to forget about finding true love, each happens to have encountered the men of their dreams. However, is finding love that easy?
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The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
Set in 1918 the novel follows 21 year old Emily Bryce who is leading a middle class life with her parents. As her parents are grieving over the loss of Freddie, Emily’s brother, she feels restricted by them. Soon Emily decides to do something for her country and joins the Women’s Land Army. Meanwhile, she also gets engaged to an Australian fighter pilot. But life amidst war never goes as planned, so Emily has to confront the reality and find courage to face tribulations.
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
Life isn’t easy for single mother Lilian Girvan. She hasn’t been able to get out of the mental breakdown since her husband’s death. She is thankful to her sister who has been the pillar of strength. Thanks to her textbook illustrating job, she is able to provide for her daughters and herself. When her new project demands her to learn vegetable gardening, she is forced to travel to Los Angeles botanical garden. Although Lilian has no penchant for gardening, she is yet to discover something new and unique about life and herself.
In the Light of the Garden by Heather Burch
Charity Baxter has often spent her childhood summers at her grandparents house on Gaslamp Island. Often it was more than a holiday, it was an escape from her narcissistic mother. As she grew older, her visits became fewer and after her grandmother’s death, she had almost stopped coming. Now as a 31-year-old, Charity is back at the house of her grandparents, this time as the owner of the house. Soon she learns certains family secrets that were never shared with her. In The Light of The Garden is an intergenerational tale with a tad of magical realism.
There you’ve some best books with “garden” in the title
Let me know what other books can you think of with word- garden in the title!