Published in 1947, Armchair Gardening is a meditation on the sensual and spiritual aspects of gardening. McHatton believes gardening is an art and carefully carefully dissects the delicate components of a garden, explaining how one can pinpoint the intricate and harmonious tastes, sounds, and odors flowing freely among the plants.
Thomas Hubbard McHatton (1883-1956) served as head of the Department of Horticulture and director of the Garden School at the University of Georgia for more than forty years. He was elected president of the American Society of Horticultural Science in 1930. McHatton was instrumental in the formation of the Garden Club of Georgia, of which his wife was past president.