The old joke—and I mean old—is to be careful what you say in a garden because the corn has ears.
But who cares what the corn hears? There’s not a kernel of truth in what they might repeat! (Groan)
What do you like to hear while tending your garden?
Some gardeners like to hear the sounds of nature. Birds singing, crickets chirping, rabbits hopping, etc. Or in my case, the distant, and constant, hum of traffic on an interstate highway.
Other gardeners like to listen to books or podcasts while gardening…
And I raise my hand!
Yes, I do like to tune in to a book or a podcast while gardening. My newest and current favorite book to listen to is Woodland Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland, read by the author, Lisa Schneidau. Lisa offered subscribers to her newsletter a free audiobook for this book a while back, and I was pleased to receive a link to listen to it. I’ve been enjoying it this fall while working in the garden, tending houseplants, or cleaning around the house.
Way back two summers ago, Dee and I talked about Schneidau’s books on our podcast, The Gardenangelists, specifically Season 4, Episode 41. There’s a link to the audio of that episode buried in that episode’s newsletter if you want to listen to it. Here’s what I wrote:
Right as Dee was boarding that plane to take her England, I bought the audio book edition of Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau (only an Amazon Link this time, Bookshop doesn’t seem to have it) so that’s what’s on our bookshelf this week.
It fits in nicely with our theme of “what can you find in an English garden.”
I liked the audio edition of this book enough to buy the paperback edition. I also ordered the author’s other books: Woodland Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland (Feb 1, 2021) (Amazon Link) and River Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland (Amazon Link) (Coming out October 1, 2022).
Check out Lisa Schneidau’s website for more information about her storytelling.”The Gardenangelists Substack Newsletter
Yes, Dee went to England so I bought books that sound like England!
They are lovely and interesting, and soothing to listen to and I recommend them if you, too, like to listen to books or podcasts while gardening.
Does anyone have other recommendations for lovely books to listen to while gardening? If so, I’m all ears…
Thanks for reading to the end.