|Climbing Rose "Agatha Christie"|
Photo: Heirloom Roses
Although I might be considered a light weight by some scholary folks, I love a good Agatha Christie mystery. Miss Jane Marple, Herclule Perot, and others. I enjoy an adventure with no overt blood and guts. I like the odd little slueth fooling the more worldly. I enjoy the descriptions of English life-style in the early 1900s. Call me sentimental and I love it.
|David Sachet as Herclule Perot|
Christie has more than a few references to the horticultural world. Inspector Perot was often pictured in the movies as wearing a very perfect boutonniere and his knowledge of all things included the properties of flowers and herbs.
|Joan Hickson as Miss Jane Marple|
Agatha Christie was long noted to write from her own experiences, inserting places and things she had witnessed. She then spun a tale from those observations and many included the herbal/gardening world.
On 13th April 1917 she qualified as a dispenser thus acquiring her knowledge of poisons.
Christie's summer home "Greenway"
|Agatha Christie's favorite flower|
was Lily of the Valley
Christie's home and gardens
in Sunningdale called "Styles"
Because the British love all things Christie, a garden called "Potent Plants Garden at Torre Abbey" has been landscaped. Poisonous plants used by some of Agatha Christie's most notorious villains have come together in a new garden at the Abbey in Torquay, Devon. Christie was born in Torquay and her summer home "Greenway" is located nearby. The Torrey Abbey Garden notes that, "In a final twist the potent plants are framed by a flowerbed containing horticultural clues pointing to four of Agatha Christie's short stories."
A couple of books with garden or plant themes: "How Does Your Garden Grow?", "The Mysterious Affair at Styles". A Christie garden would be a fun theme if you're looking for adventure.