RHS Pruning Plant by Plant
From Abelia to Wisteria, this pocket guide explains when and how to prune over 200 garden trees, shrubs and climbers, and the benefits of doing so. Clear diagrams show the typical structure of the plants, with marks indicating the parts that should be removed to promote healthy growth, improve cropping and flowering, and create more aesthetically pleasing shapes.
Pests and Diseases
Royal Horticultural Society
This updated edition of the classic guide to garden health builds on the comprehensive information in the original, detailing a further 25 pests and diseases, new treatments and resistant plants. The first section explains how to identify common problems, aided by clear photographs; the second offers an A–Z of symptoms, causes and control methods; and a final section details the problems associated with particular species.
RHS Good Plant Guide
Arranged as an A–Z, the majority of the 1,500 plants in this compendium have been given the RHS Award of Garden Merit. A photograph and brief description of each one is followed by cultivation notes detailing their hardiness, preferred aspect and soil, pruning requirements, and eventual height and spread.
The opportunity to grow exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices has never been greater, with a diverse range of seeds and plants now available. Matthew Biggs’ well-illustrated manual presents step-by-step instructions for growing over 50 varieties, including chickpeas, Chinese artichokes, turmeric and goji berries, with a handy quick reference section for each, and tips on cooking and storing them.
Grow Food for Free
Determined to counter the misconception that gardening is expensive, Huw Richards spent a year producing food at no cost. Illustrated throughout, his guide to making raised beds and containers, composting, harvesting seeds from shop-bought produce and sharing tools demonstrates the rewards of a frugal approach before showing how to grow a variety of fruits, herbs and vegetables.
Down to Earth
Using 50 years of personal experience, Monty Don offers general advice on garden design, colour and managing changes in the seasons, followed by information on choosing plants, whether for a small town plot, a cottage garden, or one created with children or wildlife in mind. Further topics include dealing with weeds and pests, and growing food, before a final section describes jobs for the month.
Allotment Month by Month
After establishing the basics of running a successful allotment, this well-illustrated volume explains the tasks that need to be carried out each month, from buying seeds, to sowing, harvesting and storing produce. More detailed information on growing each type of fruit or vegetable follows, with the aim of having a supply of fresh produce throughout the year, and a troubleshooting section suggests solutions for common problems.
Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook
101 Recipes Using Edible Plants from Around the World
Organized by continent and illustrated with artwork from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew this volume explores the culinary history of an eclectic variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices from around the world and presents 101 recipes that incorporate them, from cumin-infused Kashmiri fish curry to Cornish saffron cake.
RHS 50 Plants that You Can't Kill
Surefire Plants to Grow Indoors and Out
Aimed at the complete novice, this illustrated guide to some of the most resilient plants introduces the basic elements of gardening and identifies the perennials, shrubs, climbers, annuals and bulbs, fruits and vegetables, and house plants that can thrive with little attention. The concise text offers straightforward notes about why and where to grow each one, and a brief list of its preferred conditions.
Super Food: Pomegranate
Cultivated and used medicinally for thousands of years, the pomegranate has been hailed as 'the King of the Fruits' due to its antioxidant properties. In addition to culinary ideas for salads and soups, the recipes in this book show how to make use of its exfoliating and moisturising properties in home-made beauty products.
Super Food: Beetroot
Descended from wild sea beet and widely cultivated by the Romans, beetroot and its leaves are rich in nutrients. The recipes in this book include a traditional Slavic Borscht and an infused gin, and information is also given on how to use the vegetable as a lip stain and hair colourant.
Super Food: Avocado
A valuable source of mono-saturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol, avocado can be added to salads and creamy cocktails as well as guacamole. In addition to culinary recipes, this volume shows how to make a nourishing hair and skin treatment from its flesh, and a pinky-peach fabric dye from the stone.
A Coming of Age
Celebrating 18 Years of Botanical Painting by the Eden Project Florilegium Society
When the Eden Project opened in 2000, it set up the Florilegium Society to encourage the art of botanical painting. This book records its work, and features more than 140 illustrations by 31 artists, each of whom is profiled. The flowers and plants include exotics grown in the project’s biomes, such as the Venus fly trap from North America, and species native to Cornwall, where it is based, including gorse and sea pink.
Through the Seasons at Giverny
In 1883 Monet began transforming the garden at Giverny, infusing the planting with the sense of colour and atmosphere that he expressed in his art. Vivien Russell explores his creative process and love of horticulture before discussing highlights from the garden, including the waterlilies, and demonstrating through hundreds of photographs the seasonal changes in its colour palette.
Encyclopedia of Herb Gardening
Intended to inspire both novice and experienced horticulturalists, this illustrated volume explains how to create a herb garden, whether in a window box or on a grander scale. It covers every stage of the process – from the initial planning and design, via soil preparation and choosing appropriate plants and tools, to successfully maintaining the space – and offers advice on preserving, storing and using herbs. Barcode on front of book.
The Complete Book of Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit
Written by three gardening experts, this extensively illustrated guide to edible horticulture offers detailed instructions on planting and cultivation. Covering favourites such as runner beans and tomatoes as well as more exotic plants, including cassava and lemon grass, it offers advice on choosing the right varieties for your garden and dealing with pests and diseases. Information on harvesting and storing produce is provided, with over 600 recipes for a range of meals and herbal remedies.
Wordsworth's Gardens and Flowers
The Spirit of Paradise
Wordsworth was as passionate about his gardens at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount as he was about the untamed world that surrounded them. With contemporary horticultural illustrations throughout, this book traces his interest in the natural world to his childhood fondness for gardening, before examining the references to flowers in his verse.
9 Photographers for the Planet
Nine of the world’s leading art photographers bring their distinctive visual styles to bear on a different food, including rice, bread, coffee and chocolate. They depict the fields in which they are produced, the workers who toil there, and the consumers who enjoy the fruit of their labours. The text explores the issues of availability, sustainability and working conditions. In English and Italian.
Notes from an English Gardener
Part horticultural memoir, part meditation on mental health, this volume follows the evolution of the beautiful garden Charlie Hart created from an untouched patch of meadowland in the grounds of his farmhouse in rural Essex. In the midst of grief and anxiety, his retreat into nature pulled him back from an impending breakdown, and here he celebrates the thrill of creation and the healing power of digging.
Herbarium Reference Cards
One Hundred Herbs to Grow, Cook and Heal
For gardeners or cooks, these cards suggest growing tips, complementary foods and medicinal uses for 100 herbs and each one is illustrated on the reverse with an abstract design of its plant. The content and images are reproduced from the book Herbarium by Caz Hildebrand.
Beginning with a 'rules and tools' section that covers the selection of suitable plant material and equipment, this illustrated step-by-step guide explains how to follow best practice at every stage of the propagation process. A comprehensive directory with more than 525 RHS-selected varieties of annuals, biennials, perennials and indoor, woody and bedding plants describes which techniques to use for each.
Norfolk Gardens and Designed Landscapes
This thorough exploration of Norfolk’s rich heritage of parks and gardens offers a history of landscape architecture in the county, from the geometrical gardens of the 16th century to the eco-gardens of today. More than 300 sites are described in detail, from tiny hidden gems to spectacular landscape parks. Illustrated throughout, it includes work by Capability Brown, Humphry Repton, Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Slightly off-mint.
The Walnut Tree
Tales of Growing and Uses
Following a history of its cultivation around the world, this illustrated guide offers practical advice on growing and caring for walnut trees, including information about different varieties and the pests that can damage them. Also discussed are its culinary potential and the use of its timber for ornate doors and furniture, in settings such as Hever Castle and the Royal Château of Blois.
Notes from the Garden
Featuring pieces published in the Guardian between 1838 and 2008, this anthology recounts changing fashions in British horticulture and garden design. Authors include Arthur Ransome, Nancy Banks-Smith and Christopher Lloyd; topics range from royal parks to allotments and from garden centres to gnomes.
Making a Garden
Creating a garden from scratch, or transforming a drab patch into the retreat of your dreams, are tasks that require imagination, optimism and hard work. This guide from an RHS gardening expert takes the reader from conception and design through the practical steps required for horticultural makeovers, with photographs and examples ranging from humble urban makeovers to a remodelled castle garden.
Working with Nature
Saving and Using the World's Wild Places
Combining memoir and travelogue, the botanist and conservationist Jeremy Purseglove describes how nature has long been exploited across our planet, considering issues such as the palm oil trade in Indonesia, land grabs in Africa and peat farming in Britain. He outlines how the earth's precious resources can be harvested more carefully and suggests workable alternatives to what he refers to as 'grim industrialised monocultures'.
A 21st Century Garden
Drowning in Flowers : My Garden
The Austrian conservationist Georg Grabherr aims to inspire amateur horticulturalists to convert their outside space into a 'Noah's Ark' of threatened trees, plants and flowers. Featuring numerous images of his own garden through the seasons by the award-winning photographer Lois Lammerhuber, he explains how, over time, he has created an ecological haven in his back garden. Text in German and English.
The Jam Maker's Garden
Grow Your Own Seasonal Preserves
Holly Farrell presents an illustrated guide to preserving a wide selection of homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. The introduction covers the basics of growing, looking at topics from soil preparation to raising from seed and container gardening. Organized by season, the cookery section features traditional recipes – Windfall Marmalade, and Pickled Rhubarb – as well as more modern ideas such as Pepper Ketchup. A comprehensive ‘Kitchen Notes’ chapter offers advice on subjects including testing for a set and storage.
The Herbal Remedy Handbook
Treat Everyday Ailments Naturally, from Coughs and Colds to Anxiety and Eczema
This holistic guide to well-being explains how to treat a range of health conditions using traditional remedies made from ingredients that can be easily foraged from hedgerows or sourced from the supermarket. Covering both minor illnesses and injuries and more complex issues such as insomnia, the recipes, which include balms, tonics, poultices and teas, are easily tailored to individual needs.
Pergolas, Arbours and Arches
Their History and How to Make Them
After analysing plant-covered garden structures and how they have been used over the centuries, this illustrated volume looks at five of Britain's finest pergolas, such as those situated at West Dean and Hestercombe. In addition, the landscape architect Paul Edwards explains in detail the process of designing, building and planting a pergola with reference to six of his own projects, including two for the National Trust.
Knot Gardens and Parterres
A History of the Knot Garden and How to Make One Today
The first section of this illustrated volume outlines the history of knot gardens from Tudor times to the present day, exploring their decorative and symbolic aspects. Anne Jennings then explores different ways of using the motif as a feature and offers clear advice on establishing a knot garden at home – from selecting a site and choosing plants to their ongoing care and maintenance.
The Secrets of Great Botanists
And What They Teach Us About Gardening – RHS
Matthew Biggs profiles the lives and achievements of 35 botanists whose work in fields such as plant collecting, plant-based medicine, genetics or hybridization has significantly increased our understanding of plants. Richly illustrated with horticultural drawings, portraits and photographs, and noting how each botanist can inspire today’s gardeners, the book is arranged chronologically from the ‘Father of Pharmacology’, Pedanius Dioscorides (fl. 50 CE), through figures including Linnaeus, Joseph Banks and Gregor Mendel, to Patrick Blanc, the pioneer of vertical gardening.
The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward
& Other Amazing Gardening Innovations
Many fundamentals of the gardening lexicon – from topiary and water features to the lawnmower and Dr Ward’s ground-breaking prototype terrarium – were once novelties, the result of aesthetic or technological innovation. This miscellany, illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Dave Hopkins, celebrates fifty horticultural inventions and trends and considers how they have shaped the way in which we engage with our gardens today.
A Labyrinthine Compendium
Combining specially commissioned drawings and a short history of each maze, this book allows the reader to trace a route through 60 of the world’s most beguiling life-size puzzles. Both real and imagined, they range from the Nazca Lines of Peru and Roman mosaics in Portugal and Pompeii to the Winchester labyrinth, supposedly constructed by a melancholy schoolboy, and the walls of yew around which an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson lumbers in Kubrick’s The Shining.
The Perfect Plot
Starting an Allotment from Scratch
Charting the setting up of a community allotment in the Devon village of Cornworthy, the first-hand accounts in this book describe their initial planning and preparation, before progressing through the seasons. There is a wealth of practical advice given, on establishing a plot, choice of crops, rotation and how to deal with pests.
Wolfgang Oehme and the New American Garden
Wolfgang Oehme (1930–2011) spearheaded the ‘New American’ garden style that is defined by vast sweeps of herbaceous perennials and grasses. This volume, with photographs of his creations, documents his life in landscape architecture and includes a detailed glossary of the plants that featured in his projects in Germany and the United States.
And Other Garden Pests and Nuisances
Inspired by the earlier book of the same title by the American author Bill Adler, the gardening expert Anne Wareham shares her own practical tips on how to outsmart garden pests large and small as well as offering advice on dealing with the horticultural challenges posed by weeds and the weather.
The Cabaret of Plants
Botany and The Imagination
Challenging the view of plants as passive vegetation, Mabey approaches them as ’authors of their own lives’ and explores our relationship with them, from prehistoric cave painting, through cultivation and exploration to the ‘astonishing revelations of 19th-century botany’. Among the intriguing plants whose lives he discusses are the baobab tree; ginseng, the panacea; the carnivorous tipitiwitchet; an Amazonian giant water lily whose leaves were the model for the Crystal Palace; and the intelligence of mimosa.
Scotland for Gardeners
The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Gardens, Nurseries and Garden Centres
Arranged by geographical area and illustrated with colour photographs, this comprehensive guide to Scottish gardens includes a detailed description of each location, recommendations on the best time of year to visit and what to look out for, an introduction to the history of gardening in Scotland and information about specialist nurseries, garden centres, wildflower walks and public parks.
The Great Garden
Castles at Achinduin and Coeffin, an Iron Age broch at Tirfuir, two Bronze Age cairns, the remains of the medieval cathedral of Argyll, and evidence of lime-burning industry at Sailean: the relatively fertile island of Lismore (Lios Mòr, ‘the great garden’) at the mouth of the Great Glen has attracted settlement since the Neolithic era. From prehistory to the present, Robert Hay traces the fortunes of the island and the conflicts over its possession, from Vikings to Campbells.
The English Garden
From formal topiary at Levens Hall, Cumbria, to the seemingly natural flower meadows of Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park in Norfolk, Ursula Buchan presents a thematic survey of English domestic gardens, illustrated with over 300 photographs by Andrew Lawson.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs
Covering the origins, history and botany of raw ingredients and their culinary uses, this authoritative reference work begins with general chapters on the growing, harvesting and trading of foods. The main part of the Encyclopedia is an illustrated directory of edible plants describing almost 500 plant species in sections on fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs and spices, plants used in beverages, and sugars and oils. Finally, the reference section provides nutritional tables, a glossary and index.
The Easy Fruit Garden
Aimed at the time-poor gardener who wants to achieve maximum yield with minimum effort, this book explains how to grow apples, pears, plums, cherries, soft fruit and nuts in even the smallest space. Illustrated with photographs of the author’s own garden, it offers practical, easy-to-follow advice on planning and design, what to grow, planting, pruning, mulches, compost, watering, weeding and dealing with pests and diseases.
Grow Harvest Cook
From Artichokes to Zucchinis, Gardening Advice, Storage Tips and 280 Delicious Recipes
This unusual book brings together practical advice on both gardening and cookery. Each of its alphabetical entries on more than 90 vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts contains easy-to-follow instructions for growing, harvesting and preserving, along with a recipe. The featured dishes include cauliflower and blue cheese soup; asparagus, pancetta and labna spaghetti; prawn and fennel stew; and rhubarb tiramisu.
The Wild Flora of Kew Gardens
A Cumulative Checklist from 1759
Famed for cultivating plants from around the world, Kew Gardens is also home to many uncultivated species. Drawing on historic citations and herbarium specimen records, this illustrated catalogue lists all native and alien flora documented growing wild at Kew since its foundation in 1759.
Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya
Joseph Hooker’s perilous explorations in the Himalayas between 1848 and 1851 resulted in the collection of some 5,000 different species of plants, none more celebrated than the rhododendrons. The three volumes of Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya (1849, 1851), with Hooker’s rough sketches transformed into lithographs by the botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch, were to have a lasting impact on British gardening. This facsimile edition presents the three volumes bound as one, along with short introductory essays. No jacket.
Heather Angel's Wild Kew
Attending Kew Gardens throughout the year, celebrated wildlife photographer Heather Angel has recorded the seasonal changes and weather effects on the trees and plants as well as the resident and visiting birds, insects, water fowl, squirrels and foxes. The book includes photography tips as well as a map of key photographic locations.
Growing Orchids from Seed
Published in the popular Kew Growing series and sponsored by the Orchid Specialist Group, this guide is written for amateurs and professionals without access to sophisticated apparatus and chemicals. With straightforward text and diagrams, it explains the whole process of growing orchids, from selecting or making equipment, through pollinating flowers, obtaining and storing seed, sowing and germination, to transplanting and growing on seedlings.
How to Bring Green Into Your Life
Drawing on the expertise of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this practical guide selects the best plants for a variety of purposes in and around the home. The varieties are arranged in order of character – structural or edible, for example – and Katherine Price selects those compatible with domestic spaces, from window boxes to bedrooms and bathrooms, and outlines the care that each requires.
The Genus Roscoea
A Botanical Magazine Monograph
Native to the Himalayas, Burma and Chia, Roscoeas are orchid-like hardy gingers and one of the outstanding gems of the plant world. This account of the genus provides detailed botanical descriptions and historical information for each of the 20 known species.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Celebrating 200 Years
A celebratory anthology of plants and flowers, this Florilegium was created by today’s botanical artists to mark the 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Australia’s extraordinary flora has beguiled botanists and plant collectors since Sir Joseph Banks, who arrived in Sydney Cove in 1770, and each of the 85 plants depicted in this volume is accompanied by notes on its history, including early admirers among plant hunters, as well as a botanical description.
In Science, Cultivation, Art and Culture
The cyclamen is one of the most ubiquitous houseplants and, for a genus comprising just 23 species, it has attracted a disproportionate amount of attention from horticulturalists and botanical illustrators. This comprehensive survey explains the plant's botany and structure, its natural habitats, its history of cultivation, and its representation in the arts and crafts. Watercolours illustrate the rich variety of foliage and flower that have contributed to its popularity.
Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World
The botanist Ben-Erik van Wyk presents a fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all the commercial herbs and spices in use today. After chapters on the history of spices and culinary traditions and lists of common names, the A to Z covers over 150 species, from Aframomum corrorima (Ethiopian cardamom) to Zingiber officinale (ginger), each illustrated entry giving details of the spice or herb, the plant, its origins, cultivation and culinary use and the chemistry of its flavour.
The History and Practice
Providing practical advice and information for would-be mole catchers, this illustrated handbook includes a history of the trade, descriptions of trap types, useful tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and guidance on the most humane modern methods of capture.
Extraordinary Edens from Around the World
Throughout history, monarchs have created magnificent gardens both for relaxation and to advertise their wealth and power. Illustrated with 150 colour photographs, this book explores 20 of the finest, including Louis XIV’s Versailles, Frederick the Great’s Sanssouci, the royal palaces of Fez and Edo Castle in Tokyo. Each entry explains the history of the garden, profiles its creators, describes its style, planning and principles, and includes interviews with the present owners.
The Organic Fruit Gardener
In this illustrated guide to organic fruit growing and maintenance, the horticulturalist Yvonne Cuthbertson offers advice on choosing the best produce to suit the plot (whether a garden, allotment, terrace or window box), clearly describes how to plant, propagate, prune, harvest and store it and provides a comprehensive directory of popular varieties that are suitable to grow in the UK.
The Garden Visitor's Companion
After reflecting on why people visit gardens and especially why gardeners visit other people’s plots, Louisa Jones looks at ten different examples, including historic, cottage and kitchen gardens, plantsmen’s collections, outdoor art, and Mediterranean, Japanese-inspired and minimalist styles. She discusses the key elements of each type and how the visitor should approach them, then invites ten experts to choose their favourite locations from around the world.
The English Landscape Garden
The 18th-century English landscape garden, with its seemingly natural appearance, was a revolution in design and its legacy can still be seen in gardens and parks. In this well-illustrated history Symes traces the origins and evolution of the style; discusses its place in contemporary politics, philosophy and culture; and surveys its variations through the works of major designers, from William Kent and the ‘pictorial garden’ to Humphrey Repton and the Picturesque.
Digging for Victory
Gardens and Gardening in Wartime Britain
During the successful Dig for Victory campaign, which aimed to make wartime Britain self-sufficient, gardeners everywhere dug up their lawns to grow not only fruit and vegetables, but flowers too, inspiring ‘faith, hope, cheerfulness and courage’. From composting to harvesting, this playful history of the campaign features all aspects of wartime gardening, and is vividly illustrated by original pamphlets, recoloured photographs and instructional cartoons.
Covering an extraordinary diversity of gardens across the world – classical Chinese aesthetics in Suzhou, cactus terraces in Lanzarote, a Persian oasis in Iran and Gertrude Jekyll’s Arts and Crafts garden at Upton Grey Manor in Hampshire – this is a survey to inspire gardeners and designers. The book looks at 100 exceptional gardens, describing, illustrating and explaining in detail the key elements of each one from a design perspective.
Romantic Splendor in the Edwardian Age
With their long vistas, cascading terraces and mysterious grottoes, the gardens of Italian villas seem like paradise on earth; but who created them, and why? Using reproductions of contemporary paintings and prints as well as colour photographs, Helena Attlee traces the history of Italian gardens from the Middle Ages, through the classically inspired plans of the Renaissance, the quirky inventions of the Mannerists and the formal elegance of the 18th century to the eclectic creations of today.
The Garden Source
Inspirational Design Ideas for Gardens and Landscapes
In this volume, garden photographer Andrea Jones offers four approaches to garden design: ‘Connect’ provides ideas for paths, lawns and bridges linking spaces together; ‘Divide’ examines how hedges, walls, screens and borders can create rooms within a garden; ‘Space’ explores ways to fill a garden, whatever the size; and ‘Style’ covers every type of garden from formal to oriental. Including directories of designers, festivals, garden centres and public gardens, this is a comprehensive sourcebook for anyone seeking modern garden ideas.
Design Ideas For Your Garden
Inspired by the National Trust
Taking the wide range of National Trust garden styles as its inspiration, this illustrated design sourcebook demonstrates how even a small outdoor space can benefit from the details that are found in much larger gardens. There are planting ideas for all seasons, covering colour co-ordination, flower, vegetable, herb and container gardens, and imaginative suggestions for using steps, seats, paths, paving and topiary, with advice from the Trust’s head gardeners.
and Bory Latour-Marliac, the Genius Behind Monet's Water Lilies
Water lilies have had symbolic, decorative and practical significance for millennia, but it was only in the 19th century that Bory Latour-Marliac introduced colourful, hardy water lilies to Europe by creating new hybrids, and supplied the specimens for Monet’s garden that inspired 200 world-famous paintings. In this well illustrated volume garden historian Caroline Holmes records Latour-Marliac’s work, including a chapter on Monet’s garden, a short history of water lilies and their legacy, and advice on how to grow them.
Grasses in the Garden
Design Ideas, Plant Portraits and Care
Taking inspiration from prairies, savannahs, marshes and woodland edges this book demonstrates the diversity of grasses and how their range of colour and size has made them an integral part of garden design. Hundreds of photographs showcase their use as architectural shapes, as screens, in containers or as companions to other plants, while advice on purchase and care gives practical guidance to creating a range of striking year-round effects.
Her Art Restored at Upton Grey
The five-acre garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll at Upton Grey in Hampshire had fallen into neglect when Rosamund Wallinger and her husband bought the house in 1984. This volume records her meticulous recreation of this horticultural masterpiece, and the painstaking research that informed it. Illustrated with Jekyll’s original plans and photographs of the restored plantings throughout the year, the book showcases the skill that made her one of Britain’s most influential horticultural designers.
A Family Guide to Making Soil From Scraps
Along with a compost carousel – showing what can and can’t be composted – a ‘worms and ladders’ game, bingo and a worm identification chart, this guide covers all the practical information needed to start composting at home. Also included are three sheets of colour stickers, a press-out Worm Lovers’ Society card and facts and jokes about soil and worms. Age 7+
The Ultimate Book of Vegetables
Gardening, Health, Beauty, Craft, Cooking
A guide to all things vegetable-related, this volume includes an A–Z of over 50 vegetables, a section on how to grow your own, ways to use vegetables to boost well-being, craft projects and 120 recipes. Readers can discover which plants to forage, a remedy that will stop a cough, a way to make shampoo, or how to knit a bag for market, alongside recipes that range from Cucumber Sandwiches to Stuffed Zucchini Flowers.
The Deckchair Gardener
An Improper Gardening Manual
Written for the reluctant gardener, this is a guide to what not to do in the garden. Rather than letting your plot revert to wilderness, Wareham (the gardener of Veddw House, near Tintern) encourages finding easier ways to do the jobs you dislike and suggests effective alternatives. The book is arranged by season, from what not to do in spring (grow roses – if you don’t grow them they won’t need pruning), to winter (washing empty pots – madness).
The Garden Anthology
Celebrating the Best Garden Writing from the Royal Horticultural Society
From an article published in 1900 on Gregor Mendel’s work on peas by William Bateson, the man who coined the term ‘genetics’, to Toby Musgrave on growing heritage fruit and vegetables in 2012, this anthology brings together the best and most important writing from The Garden, the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. The selections are in chapters ranging from seasons and the weather to the RHS itself, and are interspersed with vibrant illustrations by Jenny Bowers.
The Life and Art of a Garden Designer
Norah Lindsay was a major influence on English garden design between the wars. Having developed her skills in her own Oxfordshire garden, she turned professional in 1924 when the collapse of her marriage left her penniless. This magnificent book, lavishly illustrated with historic and modern photographs, celebrates her life and work creating gardens for Nancy Astor, the Prince of Wales and royalty across Europe. It includes a directory of all her clients and the work she undertook for them.
Mr Digwell: A Year in the Garden
An Invaluable Resource for Every Gardener from Novice to Expert
Since the end of the Second World War, the cartoon gardener Mr Digwell has been dispensing horticultural advice to Daily Mirror readers, and he remains as popular as ever. This collection offers a comprehensive, month-by-month guide to a gardener’s tasks, from winter pruning through spring seed sowing and planting out to autumn lawn care. Clear, simple strip cartoons present up-to-date information on growing flowers, shrubs and vegetables in a reassuringly traditional manner.
The Indoor Plant Bible
The Essential Guide to Choosing and Caring for Indoor, Greenhouse, and Patio Plants
Keeping a plant in your home requires an understanding of factors such as ideal temperature and lighting conditions, how much watering the plant requires and how large it may grow. This ring-bound reference book provides a directory of 140 of the most popular indoor plants with advice on selection, watering, feeding, potting and propagation, and a useful summary table of each plant's key characteristics.
Slugs, Pests and Diseases
Part of the Reader's Digest Garden Basics series of straightforward, illustrated guides, this handy, ring-bound book is in two main parts: a seasonal guide to keeping the garden healthy and a directory of over 200 pests and diseases arranged by symptom, with special features on roses, slugs and snails, winter pruning and lawn care. The introductory section includes information on beneficial creatures and using organic treatments.
The Most Amazing Gardens in Britain and Ireland
The British passion for gardens stretches back hundreds of years and has produced an array of horticultural masterpieces from landscaped parks to hidden gems. This practical guidebook, organized by county, describes gardens open to the public and provides maps, directions and contact details. Beautiful photographs show some of these wonderful gardens, including the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Stourhead, Hatfield House, Beth Chatto Gardens, Castle Howard and Drummond Castle Gardens.
The Cabaret of Plants
Botany and the Imagination
Challenging the view of plants as passive vegetation, Mabey approaches them as ’authors of their own lives’ and explores our relationship with them, from prehistoric cave painting, through cultivation and exploration to the ‘astonishing revelations of 19th-century botany’. Among the intriguing plants whose lives he discusses are the baobab tree; ginseng, the panacea; the carnivorous tipitiwitchet; an Amazonian giant water lily whose leaves were the model for the Crystal Place; and the intelligence of mimosa.
Garlic: The Mighty Bulb
Cooking, Growing and Healing with Garlic
Natasha Edwards, who grew up on her parents’ garlic farm on the Isle of Wight, introduces the many properties of ‘the mighty bulb’ in cookery and as medicinal marvel. As well as 50 recipes for dishes and drinks, including the famous Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves and Garlic Bloody Mary, the book provides detailed information and guidance on using garlic in natural remedies, and a final chapter explains how to grow your own. Foreword by Clarissa Dickson Wright.
Great Gardens of London
Although famed for its parks, it is the wide range of private gardens that makes London one of the most verdant cities in the world. This well-illustrated volume introduces 30 of its most interesting examples, from the grand and traditional grounds of Clarence House to the allotment tended by Chelsea Flower Show winner Cleve West. They include garden squares, rooftop retreats and even floating gardens created on barges moored in Bermondsey.
The English Landscape Garden in Europe
'The landscape garden, embodying a naturalistic approach, was in tune with Enlightenment thought across Europe, where nature was a central preoccupation and motivator'. (From the preface.) In this illustrated study, Symes provides an overview of the extent to which the 18th-century English landscape garden spread throughout Europe and Russia. He considers each country individually, with a special chapter devoted to Le Jardin Anglo-Chinois, and examines gardens created 'in the English style' up to around 1850.
365 Days of Colour in Your Garden
In this extensively illustrated volume Nick Bailey, a presenter on BBC’s Gardeners’ World, describes the art and science of flower colour, demonstrating how to achieve a balanced display all year round. Organized by season, it suggests plants for a range of soil types and locations; explains the gardening techniques that can improve flowering and extend the season; and offers advice on plants that work well together.
The Gardens of the Vatican
Behind the high walls of the Vatican, beautifully kept gardens offer the Pope a tranquil refuge, fragrant with sweet herbs and cooled by shade trees and fountains. Linda Kooluris Dobbs's photographs give us access to these normally hidden lawns and avenues, grottoes and parterres, with their fine statuary and fountains, and their imposing backdrop – the buildings of the Vatican and the dome of St Peter's. Kildare Dobbs's introductory essay accompanies this collection of over 140 photographs.
The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle
The garden created by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, at Kenilworth was one of the wonders of Elizabethan England. It was also the best-documented garden of its age, allowing English Heritage to recreate it in 2009. Comprising 17 essays by specialists and lavishly illustrated with reproductions, plans and modern photographs, this book charts the documentary and archaeological detective work that went into that project, but also represents a major addition to the study of English garden history.