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Gardening Gardening Books

Seeds of Inspiration are scattered liberally in this special section of beautiful and informative books for everyone from the hardy perennial to the interested amateur.

Featured Books
A Little Piece of England A tale of self-sufficiency
John Jackson
First published in 1979, a welcome reissue of John Jackson’s description of life on a Kent small-holding. With his wife and three children (all more or less enthusiastic about the move), they buy a house high in the North Kent...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/04/2014
     
The Curious Gardener
Anna Pavord
I’m late writing this review, but I blame Anna Pavord; her wonderful prose, her wide range of garden related subjects, short independent pieces come together in one delightful whole and I am loath to finish it. As the garden year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2011
     
The Rain Tree
Mirabel Osler
I’ve hijacked this book for the Gardening section as I couldn’t bear to miss Mirabel Osler’s new book. She starts and ends with gardens and throughout plants, trees, fragrance and gardens are much in evidence so I feel I am...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/05/2011
     
The Morville Year
Katherine Swift
Devotees of The Morville Hours will need to be patient for the sequel, there is one coming but for now we have the bonus of The Morville Year, a collection of Katherine Swift’s columns from The Times. Taking us through...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/03/2011
     
Fragrant Plants
Lucy Summers
An ideal introduction to the delights of gardening for fragrance, I found this guide very useful as it gives suggestions for scented plants in every season even in the depths of winter there can be fragrance in the garden. It’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
     
Eden
Tim Smit
Sue Baker's view... A revised and updated edition of Tim Smit’s guide to the Eden Project marking the 10th anniversary. While the guide to creating and sustaining Eden is, in itself fascinating, what I most appreciated about the book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
     
The RHS Allotment Handbook - The Expert Guide for Every Fruit and Veg Grower
Royal Horticultural Society
A really good guide to allotment basics - from first picking up your spade to harvesting your crops. Written in an encouraging style – the novice won’t feel overwhelmed by technical detail and should find plenty of inspiration in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2010
     
Spade as Mighty as the Sword The Story of World War Two's Dig for Victory Campaign
Daniel Smith
Sue Baker's view... Daniel Smith takes us back to a time when even the moat at the Tower of London was sacrificed to Vegetable growing. Faced with the real possibilities of serious food shortages during WWII gardening got serious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/07/2011
     
Highgrove A Garden Celebrated
Charles, Prince of Wales, Bunny Guinness
A through the seasons view of the gardens at Highgrove, started over 30 years ago, they are reaching their full beauty and maturity as can be glimpsed in this beautiful illustrated guide. The Highgrove gardens are presented in “rooms” giving...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
     
The Language of Flowers: A Miscellany
Mandy Kirkby, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Bringing the language to a new generation, this beautifully illustrated miscellany contains fifty profiled flowers, a dictionary searchable by emotion, and ideas for creating bouquets and arrangements for specific occasions. Featuring an introduction by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, this gift book...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2011
     
A Buzz in the Meadow
Dave Goulson
Dave Goulson enchanted with his first book, A Sting in the Tail, a threnody for the Bumble bee, in A Buzz in the Meadow, he bases his book on his French farmhouse and the 33 acres of meadow he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
How to Create a New Vegetable Garden Producing a Beautiful and Fruitful Garden from Scratch
Charles Dowding
How I wish I’d had this book when I was starting out on reclaiming a plot. Charles Dowding writes from experience, his book is copiously illustrated with his progress in reclaiming his new garden showing even the most hopeless ground...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
RHS Grow for Flavour Brand-New Tips & Tricks to Supercharge the Flavour of Homegrown Harvests
James Wong, Royal Horticultural Society
Learn about the plants and seeds that will give you the best tasting fruit and vegetables. And when you’ve done that, learn how to grow for maximum flavour. James Wong promises taste and plentiful crops with minimum input – a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
The Road to Le Tholonet A French Garden Journey
Monty Don
An attractive blend of memoir and travel, recalling past holidays and visits to France together with a discourse on French gardens, so very different to ours. The English fixating on the how and wanting to get our hands dirty and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     
An Illustrated Country Year Nature Uncovered Month by Month
Celia Lewis
Sue Baker's view... The ideal book for the urbanite showing what to appreciate on country walks, what to see and how to forage. Arranged by month, you can check out the appropriate chapter and find information you need...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
     
My Secret Garden
Alan Titchmarsh
Driven by Alan's infectious and informative style, My Secret Garden is a fascinating, amusing and inspiring book.
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/10/2012
     
The Complete Countryman A User's Guide to Traditional Skills and Lost Crafts
Alan Titchmarsh
A practical guide to the countryside that explores the heritage of rural Britain, its landscapes and wildlife, its traditions, customs and crafts. Alan captures the essence of country life and the best places to encounter it will be identified in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/10/2011
     
Grow Your Food for Free (Well Almost)
Dave Hamilton
A natural boffin, Dave Hamilton’s cheery book is the outcome of his quest for free-as-possible food. And growing food the “free” way is good for your purse and good for the environment as you recycle, reuse, scrounge and make-do. Beside...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/05/2011
     
The Gardener's Year Made Easy
Ceri Thomas
Sue Baker's view... A fully illustrated guide to caring for your garden throughout the year. Highlighting essential jobs it also shows what else should be done each month to keep all types of gardens looking tip-top. Like...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/03/2011
     
The Garden in the Clouds Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic
Antony Woodward
Sue Baker's view... Every now and then you read a book that you instantly love and want to share with everyone – this is one of those books. A delightful and captivating account of the mad pursuit of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2011
     
The Grumpy Gardner's Handbook
Ivor Grump
Sue Baker's view... Timed to hit the shelves for Easter 2011, the zenith of the gardening year. A typical chapter - Pond Life - regales readers with tales of impossible-to-kill algae, blocked fountains, reclusive goldfish, useless heron deterrents, unflowering...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2011
     
The Garden to Kitchen Expert
D. G. Hessayon and Judith Wills
Sue Baker's view... An invaluable kitchen reference, you’ve grown it – now what do you do with it? Or even more of a challenge you have a glut of, typically, courgettes and are in need of inspiration. Listed by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
     
The Complete Vegetable Grower
John Harrison
Sue Baker's view... Coming to gardening late in life I’ve had to learn everything from books and I frequently end up puzzled and confused - how I wish I’d had The Complete Vegetable Grower when I started out. For...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2011
     
Christopher Lloyd His Life at Great Dixter
Stephen Anderton
Sue Baker's view... Stephen Anderton knew Christopher Lloyd very well and this personal friendship and knowledge adds a considerable layer to the detail of the book. You instantly notice the difference; personal memories, observed detail and understanding of his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
     
New Urban Farmer
Celia Brooks-Brown
For anyone starting out on the grow-your-own route it can all seem like hard labour with very little pleasure. To find out what joys are to come, New Urban Farmer is recommended as a first-class introduction to the delights of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2010
     
On the Plot with Dirty Nails: A Practical Guide to Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
Joe Hashman
The book is arranged by month, great for someone who has some growing experience, absolute beginners might need a little supplementary reading! The information provided tells you what to do each month and extra charts give a week-by-week guide. Then...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/09/2009
     
Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops
Martin Crawford
Opens the door to a whole new way of growing food – and don’t be put off by the word Forest in the title, this form of gardening can easily be adapted to back gardens by lowering the tree canopy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/04/2010
     
My Life on a Hillside Allotment
Terry Walton
This is the chap who has been giving advice to allotment holders on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 since 2003. Even if you are not a keen gardener there is something in this delightful book for everyone. Not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2008
     
Italian Kitchen Garden : Enjoy the Flavours of Italy from Your Garden
Sarah Fraser
June 2011 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. An inspiring book for both gardeners and cooks, which brings Italy to your table by growing your own produce. Simple gardening advice and delicious recipes....
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/05/2011
     
The Ivington Diaries
Monty Don
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 April 2010. The seasons in Monty Don’s hands are equally blessed. Capturing15 years of creative gardening at his farmhouse home in Ivington (in Herefordshire), Monty makes milky winter-sun pruning just...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2009
     
Pure Style : Recipes for Everyday
Jane Cumberbatch
Following her theme of the Pure Style, Jane Cumberbatch presents a book of living, eating and gardening simply and stylishly. Arranged by season, the book is a great pleasure to read. Jane’s personal reflections and her ideas on living extend...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2011
     
Growing Food
Anna Pavord
Sue Baker's view... Bestselling gardening writer Anna Pavord tells us all we need to know about growing vegetables, herbs and fruit. She describes how food crops can make a decorative as well as delicious addition to the garden, explains...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
     
Minding My Peas and Cucumbers Quirky Tales of Allotment Life
Kay Sexton
Sue Baker's view... I applaud Kay Sexton’s down-to-earth approach – she’s not afraid to point out the downsides to allotments. You can be given the worse plot with weeds at head-height, brambles that could kill and earth so poor...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/03/2011
     
Superfoods from the Garden Grow it, Cook it, and Achieve the Best Health Ever
Michael Van Straten
Sue Baker's view... At first glance another glossy illustrated cover-all type of gardening book but looking deeper there is a surprising amount of information packed in, skilfully laid out and very easy to refer to, the emphasis is on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2011
     
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In Bed & Out _________________________

Whether you’re a ‘look at the pictures and see how other people do it’ kind of person, a “that’s a nice flower, I wonder what it’s called?” type, or a ‘well-worn gloves and boots, all-weather, green-fingered gardening guru’ (or a bit of all three for that matter), then there’s something for you here in our lovingly tendered gardening section.

There are books for reference (the RHS’s ‘A-Z Encyclopaedia of Plants’) books to help inspire: winter gardens, summer gardens, spring planting, urban gardens, small gardens, (Small Garden by John Brookes) kitchen gardens and allotments (A Taste of the Unexpected by Mark Diacono), and gardens that support wild life (Fragrant Plants by Lucy Summers). There are books about famous gardens (Bunny Guinness’s ‘Highgrove, A Garden Celebrated’). And when you just want a good read by the fire after a long day in the potting shed, there are the more anecdotal tales of ambition, achievement and planting passion (‘Spade, Mightier than the Sword: The Story of World War Two’s “Dig for Victory” Campaign’ by Daniel Smith).

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