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.
Garden Design Close Up
From Derek Jarman’s postmodern beach to the Italian Romantic and Chinese Classical, 100 gardens from around the world have been chosen for their diversity of style, size and planting. Homing in on specific features of each example, this sourcebook is divided into thematic chapters – Art, Plants, Lifestyle and Environment – and features the work of world-class designers alongside gifted amateurs, providing ideas and inspiration that can be adapted to suit any outdoor space.
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 Good Gardener
Expert Advice for Every Garden from the National Trust
Some of the finest gardens in the UK, among them Polesden Lacey, Hidcote, Sissinghurst and Stourhead, are cared for by the National Trust and its teams of expert gardeners. In this well-illustrated volume, those experts guide the inexperienced gardener through the whole process of planning, preparing, planting and maintaining a garden, whether large or small, employing the same techniques and the same principles of greener, forward-looking gardening that are used in the historic gardens of National Trust properties.
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 plenty of valuable 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 among humans for millennia, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that Bory Latour-Marliac introduced colourful, hardy water lilies to Europe by creating new hybrids. Latour-Marliac’s nurseries supplied Monet’s garden, subsequently inspiring 200 now world-famous paintings. In this sumptuous volume, garden historian Caroline Holmes tells the story of 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
Covering large swathes of the Earth, grasses have been vital to humans for millennia as a building material and source of nutrition. With their diversity of species, colour and size, today they are integral to year-round garden design. This book describes and illustrates many types of grasses, offering practical advice on purchase and care as well as ways to create much more striking effects than a simple well-mown lawn.
A Guide to the Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Ian Hamilton Finlay moved to Stonypath in 1966 and spent the next 40 years designing and nurturing his garden. Regarded by many as one of the most significant gardens in Britain, this guide tells its story and describes many of the 300 sculptures that form part of its design.
Grow Your Food for Free (Well, Almost)
Great Money-Saving Ideas for Your Garden
Growing your own food from saved seeds, rather than garden centre plants, and making sheds, fences, composters and other useful items from recycled materials not only saves money but creates a unique and personal garden. Arranged season-by-season and with photographs, step-by-step instructions and diagrams, this book offers food-producing and gardening advice, ingenious ideas for making garden apparatus, tips on storing produce without a freezer and guidance on foraging for wild food throughout the year.
An Organic Guide for Beginners
Offering creativity, calm and pleasure, an allotment can also provide all the exercise you’ll need, with fresh, pesticide-free vegetables to boot. Starting with advice on tools and planning, this manual includes suggestions for making and using compost and how to plan your produce, together with an A–Z of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers that provides details on cultivation and ideas for ways to consume the end product.
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 charts her meticulous recreation of this horticultural masterpiece, and the painstaking research that informed it. Illustrated with Jekyll’s original plans alongside stunning colour photographs of the restored plantings throughout the year, the book will inspire gardeners and captivate all who admire the work of one of Britain’s foremost horticultural designers.
This comprehensive guide by Australia’s bestselling author of gardening books has been updated to include 300 new roses. In total, 1,500 species are photographed and listed, with anecdotal descriptions. Species are divided into four sections, with additional information on cultivation and breeders.
Garden Design Solutions
Ideas for Outdoor Spaces
This award-winning designer sees the garden as an extension of the home, for enjoyment all year round. With advice on finding inspiration, planning, balancing designs, creating a theme or focal point and planting, Woodhams shares knowledge gained from over 25 years in the business.
A Family Guide to Making Soil From Scraps
Along with a compost carousel – showing what you can and can’t compost – a ‘worms and ladders’ game, compost bingo and a worm identification chart, this guide includes all the practical information you need to start composting at home, as well as three sheets of colourful stickers, a press-out Worm Lovers’ Society card and interesting facts (and jokes) about soil and worms. Age 7+
The Birdwatcher's Garden
In this straightforward guide to making your garden – whatever its size – into a safe haven for birds, Hazel and Pamela Johnson explain how to plan a garden and what to grow to provide food, shelter, observation and singing posts, and nesting sites. They also deal with feeding birds, providing a directory of different species’ requirements; and ‘man-made provisions’ such as bird tables, nesting boxes and bird baths.
Great British Gardeners
From Early Plantsmen to Chelsea Medal Winners
The British have always been a nation of gardeners, and their distinctive creations have been admired and emulated across the globe. This book traces the history of British gardening over 450 years through the stories of 26 key figures, from early plant hunters such as the Tradescants, though the celebrated 18th-century landscape gardeners Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton to 20th-century pioneers such as Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West. A 32-page section of colour plates showcases their achievements.
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.
Miniature Garden Grower
Terrariums & Other Tiny Gardens to Grow Indoors & Out
Requiring very little space, small really can be beautiful with these miniature scenes. This guide provides a wealth of ideas that are quick to create and easy to maintain, from tiny landscapes to a hanging garden or an ecosystem in a terrarium. The chapter on basics explains everything a beginner needs to know, including the best containers and equipment to use, how to plant and maintain the gardens and ways of coping with pests and diseases.
A Year at Otter Farm
Inspiring Recipes Through the Seasons
It was the taste of a ripe mulberry that gave Mark Diacono the inspiration for Otter Farm, the Devon smallholding where he runs courses to share his love of fresh, seasonal food. In this beautiful book, illustrated with his own superb colour photography, he charts the story of the farm, and shares its seasonal recipes: Warm Salad of Padron Peppers, Cherries and Halloumi; Chicken, Pork and Borlotti Bean Casserole; and a refreshing Cucumber Ice-Cream.
A Gardener's Handbook
With colourful foliage, flowers, bark and scent, shrubs, together with trees, are probably the most important plants used in gardens and landscapes. In this well-illustrated handbook, the professional horticulturalist and plantsman Ian Cooke introduces the variety and uses of shrubs, climbers, conifers and bamboos; provides detailed descriptions of a selection of plants; and gives practical information on designing with shrubs and growing them.
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.
Pot-Pourri From a Surrey Garden
The Classic Diary of a Victorian Lady
Born Maria Theresa Villiers in 1830, Mrs CW Earle was an artist, writer and hostess who divided her time between London, where she entertained the leading writers of the day, and Cobham in Surrey. First published in 1897, her bestselling country diary charts the gardener’s tasks for each month of the year, from spring flowers through autumn annuals to winter vegetables. Her friendly, no-nonsense advice is interspersed with seasonal recipes.
Herbarium Wrapping Paper
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with Gift Tags
The wrapping papers in this set were inspired by the colourful and almost abstract illustrations of herbs in Caz Hildebrand’s book Herbarium (2016). It comprises ten sheets of wrapping paper, all different designs, folded into the book and perforated to tear out easily, plus matching gift tags.
The Sceptical Gardener
The Thinking Person's Guide to Good Gardening
Few subjects have attracted as much received wisdom as gardening. In this collection of articles, Daily Telegraph gardening columnist Ken Thompson sorts the genuine from the hokum, the essential tasks from those that aren’t worth doing. This entertaining and informative miscellany contains advice on how to attract more wildlife to the garden, the ideal temperature for a compost heap, and how bees can improve a strawberry crop.
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.
Back to the Garden with Mr Digwell
Growing Your Own and Cooking it to Make a Little Go a Long Way
For around 40 years, up to the 1980s, Mr Digwell dispensed his vegetable-growing wisdom via a cartoon strip in the Daily Mirror. Now his straightforward, illustrated instruction and advice on growing your own, which was invaluable during post-war austerity, is as relevant as ever. Based on the original strips, but updated for today’s gardeners, the book has advice on growing vegetables, fruit and herbs; combatting pests; growing in a greenhouse; and storing, preserving and cooking your produce.
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.
For the Love of an Orchard
Everybody's Guide to Growing & Cooking Orchard Fruit
Orchards are among the oldest types of garden, with origins in the irrigated enclosures of ancient Egypt and Persia. This book traces their history, describes different traditions of fruit-growing and discusses contemporary orchards before turning to their produce. Chapters on apples, pears, quinces, plums, cherries, medlars and mulberries examine each fruit’s history, uses and cultivation, and give a selection of recipes. The final section is on the practical business of growing fruit trees, with information and advice for gardeners.
Simple, Green Pest and Disease Control
In this pocket guide, Gardener's Question Time expert Bob Flowerdew sets out his methods for controlling pests and diseases without resorting to chemical poisons. Employing such techniques as companion planting, encouraging natural predators and erecting physical barriers, his approach is to use wit and cunning to outmanoeuvre garden pests rather than seeking to eradicate them completely – gently shifting the natural balance in the gardener's favour. No jacket.
The Bedside Book of the Garden
This compendium by the author of the best-selling Expert series is intended for people who want to take a rest from weeding, relax, and read about plants, people and places. Here you will find a short history of the tomato, an article on Gregor Mendel and his peas, descriptions of famous gardens such as Hidcote Manor and Stourhead, and pieces on topics as diverse as working-class plants, earthworms, mazes, and how to win at the rose show.
Grow Your Own Winter Food
How to Havest, Store and Use Produce for the Winter Months
Packed with goodness, fresh, home-grown produce will boost the immune system and keep the family healthy through the winter. This clear, accessible and richly illustrated guide is packed with advice on how to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs all year round. It includes easy- to-follow instructions on sowing, maintenance, harvesting and winter storage, including freezing, drying and making jams and preserves.
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.
Gardeners' Question Time Techniques & Tips
BBC Radio 4's long-running Gardeners’ Question Time is much respected by horticulturalists for its mixture of hands-on practical advice and up-to-date information on gardening matters. With contributions from four of the presenters, this volume distils their wisdom on twelve basic topics including planning a garden, soil, weed control, lawns, planting and combatting pests; and it is illustrated with both how-to-do-it photographs of the gardeners at work and inspirational pictures of what you might achieve.
The Potato Book
The King Edward potato was originally named 'Fellside Hero' by its Northumbrian grower in 1902, but with Coronation fever in the air a merchant changed the name to associate the variety with the new King. In this comprehensive guide, Alan Romans explains how to plant, maintain, harvest and store potatoes; he explores their history and provides an illustrated reference to over 130 varieties, scoring each for its relative qualities and resistance to disease.
The Cabaret of Plants
Botany and the Imagination
Experiments undertaken to discover why the leaves of Mimosa pudica fold up on contact appeared to reveal that the plant has the capacity to learn and remember whether a disturbance can be safely ignored. Such investigations are the stuff of this celebration of plant life by the acclaimed nature writer Richard Mabey. From prehistoric cave art to discoveries of startling tropical plants in the 19th century, Mabey explores the bewildering variety and complexity of plants and our relationship with them.
The Crafted Garden
Stylish Projects Inspired by Nature
The 50 craft projects in this original collection are all inspired by nature. Organized by season, the gifts, decorations and ornaments combine new ideas with time-honoured techniques. Some are ephemeral while others will last a lifetime. There are table decorations and napkin rings, planters, headdresses, wreaths, tree decorations, pots and displays. Key techniques including drying, pressing and frosting are all explained, and will enable you to transform your home by bringing the garden indoors.
Pests and Diseases
This handy guide from the bestselling Gardeners' World Magazine can help you fight back against the pests and diseases that can undermine all of your hard work in the garden. There is information on preventing attacks and infections, identifying the enemy and using chemical-free control methods, as well as an A–Z of common problems and step-by-step photo guides on useful techniques to combat them.
The Wartime Garden
'Dig for Victory' was one of the most successful campaigns of the Second World War, turning parks into allotments and encouraging people on the home front to dig up the lawn and grow their own dinner. Illustrated with contemporary photographs and advertisements, this book looks at how the nation went about gardening in wartime and surveys other self-sufficiency measures such as keeping livestock and growing morale-boosting flowers.