This the story of how, over the course of a year, Alys, the Guardian gardening writer, learns how to keep bees; and Steve, the urban beekeeper, learns how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden.
Part beautifully designed coffee-table book, part manifesto, this collection of engaging letters, emails, texts, recipes, notes and glorious photos creates a record of the trials, tribulations, rewards and joys of working with, rather than against, nature. And along the way, you will pick up a wealth of advice, tips and ideas for growing food and keeping pollinators well fed.
Letters to a Beekeeper is for lazy gardeners, novice beekeepers and everyone in between. It is the best rule-breaking, wildlife-friendly, guerilla, urban gardening, insect-identifying, honey-tasting, wax-dripping, epistolary how-to book you could ever hope to own.
"A heartwarming tale of perseverance and survival between bees, plants and those who want to lend a helping hand."
"A love letter to bees and gardening, a lyrical romance over honey . . . Savour it."
Horticultural expert and former Gardener’s World presenter Alys Fowler is an advocate of a more natural lifestyle. Her new book, A Modern Herbal, celebrates everything there is to know about herbs and their significance in our gardens, kitchens, medicine cupboards and daily lives. Here’s her perfect herbal drink inspiration to take control of your health this summer.