The word ‘inspirational’ gets barrowed around the garden world with great enthusiasm. It is rarely clear what it means, and it is rarely clear what the book, article, garden, blog post, plant description, photograph or similar is intended to inspire people to do. It’s ordinarily just ‘inspirational’, full stop.
That has been a minor irritation to me for some time, but my mind went into overdrive on the issue when I was asked to judge the ‘Inspirational Book of the Year’ for the Garden Media Guild Awards. [..read more..]