Book Group

Monday, October 3rd 5pm

The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly follows the stories of five women  from three different time periods whose lives are connected by one special garden.
 
In the present, Emma Lovett’s career has been breathing life into long-neglected gardens, and she has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by Venetia Smith. As Emma digs deeper into the garden’s past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long been hidden.
 
In 1907, a talented artist with a growing reputation for her work, Venetia Smith carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses.  When she is hired to design the gardens at Highbury House, she is determined to make them a triumph, but the gardens – and the people she meets – change her life forever.
 
In 1944, Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of Hghbury looking for a place to call home, Stella Adderton is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams, and widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of Highbury House is trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers.  When war threatens Highbury House’s treasured gardens, the three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades.
 
This novel explores the unexpected connections that cross time and the special places that bring people together forever.