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.
Terrariums & Kokedama
Stylish Ideas for Low-Maintenance Indoor Planting
This beginners guide to indoor planting features 20 projects to add low-maintenance greenery to your home, including terrariums, kokedama (moss balls), succulents and bonsai. Instructions are also given for making a variety of containers in which to display them.
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.
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 Place; and the intelligence of mimosa.
The New English Garden
England has a richly varied tradition of garden design, and the past ten to fifteen years have been no exception. The leading horticultural writer Tim Richardson has selected 25 gardens that exemplify this latest phase of creativity and innovation. Most are open to the public, and together they cover a wide range of styles, from the Prince of Wales’s traditional garden at Highgrove, through Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s ‘laboratory for design ideas’ at Gresgarth, Lancashire, to Christopher Bradley-Hole’s Modernist garden at Crockmore House in Oxfordshire.
Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden
This extensively illustrated guide includes a short history of roses, their origin and symbolism, followed by descriptions of more than 60 varieties, from traditional favourites to modern blooms, and offers easy-to-follow advice on cultivation, pruning and care.
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.
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. Slightly off-mint.
A Wood of One's Own
After years in London, Ruth Pavey wanted to reconnect with the countryside and plant a wood of her own. Combining childhood memories, local history and nature writing, she tells how she bought four acres of scrubland in the Somerset Levels and set about transforming it, tree by tree, into a haven for wildlife. Illustrated with her own drawings, this is an account of the challenges she faced, the satisfaction she achieved, and the local characters she encountered.
The Living Jigsaw
The Secret Life in Your Garden
As Chris Packham writes in his foreword, gardening need not be a battle for dominance over nature. Val Bourne recounts her own conversion to natural gardening and explains how, by choosing the right plants and allowing natural predators to deal with pests, rather than reaching for chemicals, we can create gardens that are both beautiful and animal friendly. The final chapter suggests 100 plants for an eco-friendly garden that supports and complements its unseen wildlife.
International Garden Photographer of the Year
A portfolio of the best images in the annual photographic competition, this volume presents the 2013 entries. Categories include 'Wildflower Landscapes', 'Greening the City' and 'Trees, Woods and Forests', and the images display a range of responses to flowers, plants and gardens all over the world, from a view of allotments in Warsaw and a French formal garden at sunrise, to studies of leaves, and water lilies in the New York Botanical Garden.
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.
Joseph Hooker's 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
The trees, lawns and open water at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew attract a diverse range of wildlife all year round. Arranged by season, the photographs in this book capture winter wildfowl, spring flowers, the butterflies of summer, and autumn fungi. The text explains their habits and lifecycles, each entry offers tips for photographers, and a map shows the best spots to take wildlife pictures.
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.