Plato, the Greek philosopher, mathematician and writer born in 427 BC. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of natural philosophy, science, and Western philosophy. Read more about Plato's life
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A special category dedicated to some of our favourite Gardening titles around at the moment.
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
'With passion and commitment thousands of 'small' people built Eden as a symbol of hope in action...We may all have feet of clay, but that shouldn't stop us trying to make a difference...We say, 'Demand the impossible . So said... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
My Secret Garden Alan Titchmarsh
After moving from the Barleywood garden where he hosted BBC Gardeners' World for seven years, Alan Titchmarsh set up home in an old farmhouse a few miles down the road, and went about planting his own private eden away from... Format: Hardback - Released: 25/10/2012
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
Aimed at those looking to navigate the maze of gardening advice and sort out the imperative jobs from those that can wait, this guide is perfect for new gardeners or those looking to make their time in the garden really... Format: Paperback - Released: 30/03/2011
The Grumpy Gardner's Handbook Ivor Grump
Following in the curmudgeonly footsteps of The Grumpy Driver's and Golfers Handbooks, is a compilation of all things frustrating about maintaining the average domestic garden. Grump's attempts to improve his extra room outdoors are thwarted at every turn. His lawn... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2011
The Garden to Kitchen Expert D. G. Hessayon and Judith Wills
Nothing is more delicious than food grown at home. The Vegetable & Herb Expert, The Fruit Expert and The Greenhouse Expert show you how to get the very best from your garden or allotment. Now The Garden to Kitchen... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
The Complete Vegetable Grower John Harrison
Whether you're lucky enough to have your own garden, run an allotment or only have enough room for a few pots and containers, you can successfully grow your own fresh vegetables to feed your family. John Harrison's practical guide gives... Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2011
Christopher Lloyd His Life at Great Dixter Stephen Anderton
Christopher Lloyd (Christo) was one of the greatest English gardeners of the twentieth century, perhaps the finest plantsman of them all. His creation is the garden at Great Dixter in East Sussex, and it is a tribute to his vision... 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
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
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 as... 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
In this revised and updated edition of her book The New Kitchen Garden, bestselling gardening writer Anna Pavord tells us all we need to know about growing fruit and vegetables. Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
Minding My Peas and Cucumbers Quirky Tales of Allotment Life Kay Sexton
When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards self-sufficiency for her family. Instead, she finds herself in a strange and hostile world of arcane rules and regulations, and hosepipe... Format: Hardback - Released: 07/03/2011
Gardening is a year round activity for the keen and possibly more of a seasonal activity for the less hardy. Here at Lovereading our gardening book expert has spent the winter months, when she’s not on her allotment, deep in lots of gardening books, some of which are more at home with the armchair reader that’s in us all whilst others offer a more practical aspect on gardening.
None the less the ideal time to introduce a new selection of gardening titles is in the spring. The weather is improving, the ground is drying and things are beginning to grow – the start of a new season at last.
As an introduction to vegetable growing there is John Harrison’s The Complete Vegetable Grower, it will be hard to go wrong with this as a reference. I can also recommend Michael van Straten’s Superfoods from the Garden, good gardening tips and clear and accessible information on the health properties of your fruit and vegetables – good recipes too. And any garden or allotment should find room for some fragrant plants, a joy to grow and ideal for attracting pollinating insects, a new guide, Fragrant Plants by Lucy Summers will be indispensible in choosing the right ones for every season.
Whether it’s in a deckchair at the height of summer or a chair by the fire in the depths of winter gardeners can enjoy some excellent garden literature this year. There’s the winning and slightly mad Antony Woodward writing about his transformation of a wild mountain patch in The Garden in the Clouds. Katherine Swift returning to Morville with a selection of articles taking us through The Morville Year and lastly a very special book coming in May 11, The Rain Tree: A Memoir by Mirabel Osler. Looking back on a life, love, family and friends, gardens and plants are ever present. Beautifully observed, a quiet and reflective joy of a book.