Three Books to Inspire You for Spring

by | Jan 18, 2023 | Books, Garden, Reading | 8 comments

I don’t know about you, but when the beginning of the year rolls around, I always start getting excited for spring! The main thing that gets me looking forward to the joys of springtime is choosing flower seeds for my garden. If you also love planning out a garden—in addition to planning out your to-be-read list—then I have the perfect books for you!



The gardens and stories behind Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel come to life in Unearthing the Secret Garden by Marta McDowell. It’s such a fascinating read full of anecdotes about Burnett’s life and the plants she loved, in addition to providing an interesting background for the events that led to The Secret Garden’s existence.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” —Frances Hodgson Burnett



The next book I’m featuring has another link to The Secret Garden, albeit less obvious. The illustrator of the most popular edition of the book was Tasha Tudor, and this is the story of her personal gardens! Tovah Martin chronicles a year in Tasha’s gardening life, and the result is whimsical and inspiring. She had an affinity for gorgeous blooms, secretive paths, and the occasional Corgi rambling through. 🙂 It’s kind of impossible not to want to garden after reading this book!

“Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!” —Tasha Tudor



The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables by Catherine Reid is a stunningly photographed biography of L.M. Montgomery viewed through the lens of her deep connection to nature. Breathtaking PEI seascapes and beloved orchards grace the pages of this book, which shows how gardens and the natural world influenced Montgomery’s writing.

“My garden—oh, the delight it has been to me this summer! I am positively reveling in flowers.” —L.M. Montgomery 


What books get you in the mood for spring? If you have any favorites to share, be sure to leave a comment below!


  1. Tasha G

    Oh, these are all delightful! The only one I’ve seen before is Tasha Tudor’s Garden–I’m actually named after her! The other two look like just my cup of tea, since I love both those books, especially the beautiful descriptions of the settings. I shall have to check them out!

    • Anna Rose Johnson

      Thank you so much, Tasha! How lovely that you were named after her! Hope you enjoy the other books. 🙂

  2. Marion

    Anna Rose Thank You for listing these lovely books. We have many of Tasha Tudor’s books and Anne of Green Gables is always a favorite. The Secret Garden book should be very exciting and informative of what is behind the story of the Secret Garden .

  3. Marilyn

    Thank you Anna Rose for listing these lovely books. The covers alone want me to read them immediately. These are books you can get lost in and feel you are right there.

  4. Joan

    What lovely books. I would enjoy these books just for their loveliness alone. They are charming to say the least.


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