Of Rhubarb and Roses
The Telegraph Book of the Garden
The Daily Telegraph has long been popular reading among gardeners, and its pages have featured some of the nation's finest horticultural writers. Compiled by the newspaper's gardening columnist, this lively and varied anthology includes articles by Fred Whitsey, Rosemary Verey and Bunny Guinness, along with the more esoteric musings of Bill Deedes, Germaine Greer and Roy Strong. The subjects range from Vita Sackville West's garden at Sissinghurst to how to grow prize-winning pumpkins. Book club edition.
Success with Alkaline-Loving Plants
After explaining what alkaline soil is and how to cope with it, Graham Clarke shows how to turn it to your advantage with trees and shrubs such as flowering cherry and weigela, fruits and vegetables including blackcurrants and asparagus and a colourful range of annuals, perennials and bulbs.
For Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006), who developed one of Britain's finest gardens at Great Dixter, 'it is an indisputable fact that appreciation of foliage comes at a late stage in our development'. In this book, written in 1973 with Lloyd's characteristic wit and informality, he shares his years of experience in cultivating and using foliage of all kinds for its invaluable colour, texture and structure.
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.
A Gardener's Guide to Native Plants of Britain and Ireland
After the arrival of tulips and other bulbs in the 16th century, the local flower species that had been common in British gardens were gradually sidelined in favour of showier plants, although some adapted forms of local species such as double red campion or red cowslips survived. This comprehensive illustrated guide introduces the best of our native plants, explaining their history, needs and habitats and showing how they can be successfully incorporated into modern gardens.
The Organic Vegetable Gardener
The satisfaction of knowing that your food has been grown free from toxic chemicals, and has travelled merely a few hundred yards to your plate, cannot be beaten. This is a detailed and expert guide to achieving that satisfaction yourself. There are chapters on the basics of soil preparation, variety selection, growing techniques and dealing with pests and diseases, followed by an alphabetical directory of popular vegetable varieties and how to grow them successfully.
365 Days of Colour in Your Garden
Achieving a balanced and colourful display all year round is every gardener's ambition, and this directory will be immensely useful in helping to achieve it. The book is organized by season, with suggestions of plants for all soil types, conditions and locations. Also included is advice on how to combine and design with colour, and extend the flowering season with gardening techniques. With photographs by Jonathan Buckley.
History, Philosophy and Design
What is a garden for, and how does its form reflect its function? Focusing on beliefs, purpose and design philosophy, this magnificent book charts the development of the garden from its origin in the Middle East 12,000 years ago through the extravagant creations of the Baroque to the present day. Illustrated with 900 colour photographs, paintings and diagrams, it features some of the finest gardens in Europe, from Vienna to Versailles, explaining how, why and for whom they were created.
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.
The English Garden
A Journey Through its History
This journey through the history of the English garden features twelve of the most important, original and beautiful parks in the country. Garden design changed radically during the 18th century, when French symmetry was replaced by a new landscaped naturalism, and gardeners at Chiswick House, Castle Howard, Studley, Rousham, Stowe, Petworth and elsewhere redefined our ideas of beauty. The erudite narrative is accompanied by contemporary illustrations. No jacket.
The Making of the English Gardener
A horticultural revolution took place in England during the late 16th and 17th centuries, as gardeners, botanists, scholars and courtiers exchanged the latest ideas, and the growing book trade spread them to a wide audience of creators of more modest plots as far away as the new colonies in the Americas. This book charts these developments through the experiences of enthusiasts such as the Tradescants, Francis Bacon and John Evelyn, and the stories of the kitchen and flower gardens of the great estates.
First Ladies of Gardening
Pioneers, Designers and Dreamers
This book celebrates the work of the grandes dames of contemporary English garden design, such as Beth Chatto, Vita Sackville-West, Beatrix Havergal, Mary Keen and Helen Dillon. It also features the outstanding modern gardeners who have made their own impact at locations such as Kiftsgate, Gloucestershire, and Manor Farm, Lincolnshire. A lively text reveals these 14 women's gardening secrets, while photographs from the award-winning Marianne Majerus capture their creations in their diversity throughout the year.
Great Gardens of London
In this lavish volume we are treated to a private view of 30 of the most exciting gardens in London. They are as varied as they are beautiful, on rooftops, afloat on the Thames, within palaces, around churches and behind walls. Some are grand and traditional, such as the homes of the Prince of Wales (Clarence House) or the US ambassador (Winfield House), while others are more modest, such as the garden squares. Several contemporary designs add to the visual feast.
Spiritual Inspiration and Earthly Expression
For thousands of years, people around the world have adopted belief systems that give a key role to the natural world and the trees, fruits and flowers found there. This book explores this complex subject, pointing to similarities and differences, and showing how belief systems often transfer their ideas to the real world, such as the Pure Land gardens of Buddhist Japan. It is richly illustrated with a mix of historical images and photography of contemporary gardens.
Grow Your Own Natural Garden
Taking Inspiration from Nature
'Nature is the best of teachers,' writes Carol Klein, co-presenter of BBC Two's Gardeners' World. Here she explains how to mimic what works in the wild, using case studies to illustrate different gardeners' responses to their local conditions. She considers six categories of natural setting - meadow, woodland, wetland, hedgerow, seaside and exposed locations - and shows how to choose the right plants and capture the essence of your outdoor space. Previously published as Making a Garden: Successful Gardening by Nature's Rules.
RHS Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener
Old, New, Common and Curious Herbs to Grow and Eat
Preparing and eating freshly harvested, homegrown food is immensely satisfying, and all who enjoy it will relish this lavishly produced introduction to herbs from the Royal Horticultural Society. Each one receives its own listing, with growing tips, key facts, nutritional information and recipes. Feature spreads on topics such as edible herb flowers, topiary and historic settings complement the directory, and the illustrations of flowers, roots, leaves and seeds are exquisite. Gourmet Gardener series. Silk marker.
RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener
Old, New, Common and Curious Vegetables to Grow and Eat
The focus of this volume in the Gourmet Gardener series is vegetables, and there are enough varieties here for the most adventurous kitchen gardener. The expertise of the Royal Horticultural Society lies behind every growing tip and variety selection, while the sumptuous botanical illustrations celebrate every part of the plant. Subjects such as sowing techniques, wise watering, growing in small spaces and composting are covered in feature spreads, and there is advice on dealing with pests. Silk marker.
RHS Plants from Pips
Pots of Plants for the Whole Family to Enjoy
This guide to growing fruit and vegetables from pips, both indoors and out, with minimal equipment covers everything from the science of how plants grow to dealing with pests and other problems. There are detailed instructions for 26 foods, from apples and dates to mangoes, peppers, plums, strawberries and tomatoes. As you would expect from the Royal Horticultural Society, the book is expertly put together yet highly accessible.
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.
Directions for the Gardiner
and Other Horticultural Advice
Three horticultural texts by the great diarist and author of Sylva (1664): Kalendarium Hortense is a gardening calendar; Directions for the Gardiner is based on Evelyn's garden at Sayes Court; and Acetaria is a gardening cookbook for salad plants.
The Science of Gardening
The Hows and Whys of Successful Gardening
The better we understand how plants work, the easier it will be to grow them well. This book sets out to help you do just that by explaining the scientific basis of gardening. Professor Jones describes the structure of garden plants, how to recognize where a particular plant will grow best, and how to look after plants in terms of planting, pruning, feeding, propagation and protection. He also explains flower colours, and a final chapter deals with the kitchen garden.
The Gardens of Venice and The Veneto
Venice and its mainland shelter an amazing variety of secluded gardens, from quiet monastery grounds in the islands of the lagoon to magnificent villas on the Brenta canal and Baroque masterpieces in the hills beyond. Written by a long-time resident and illustrated with hundreds of colour photographs, this ravishingly beautiful guide explores such hidden delights as the garden that inspired Henry James's The Aspern Papers, a benevolent industrialist's gift to his workers, and a flower-filled garden beside the Grand Canal.
Part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, this book explores the creation of classical Chinese gardens through history, discussing the theories and artistic conceptions behind their design, and the development of diverse regional styles. Like all the books in the series, it is written by a noted expert in the field, well illustrated with colour photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
The Story of Plants in the Home
From the early 17th century, when Sir Hugh Platt recommended that 'in Sommer time, your chimney may be trimmed with a fine banke of moss' in which to arrange pots of flowers or herbs, to the present day and the ubiquitous moth orchid, Horwood traces changing fashions in houseplants. Her novel combination of social history, plant history and the history of interior design covers topics as diverse as the first 'exoticks' and NASA research into the peace lily's effect on air quality.
Back to Basics: Traditional Garden Wisdom
Time-Tested Techniques for Creating a Natural, Sustainable Outdoor Space
'When your garden contains lots of earthworms, your soil is good.' Before the days of garden centres and designers, gardens flourished through the application of time-tested wisdom passed from one generation to the next. This guide shows how traditional tips and skills can help you to manage your garden without expensive tools or complicated methods, covering such tasks as trapping aphids, repelling moles, protecting plants from frost and extending the growing season.
Alpine Plants of Europe
A Gardener's Guide
Plants from the mountain ranges of Europe are extraordinarily beautiful and, as luck would have it, highly adaptable to our own gardens. Here, Jim Jermyn describes his encounters with alpine plants in the wild in the Pyrenees, the Alps, the Balkans and the Carpathians. He shares his down-to-earth understanding of their cultivation needs in British gardens, describing the plants' natural habitats with precision to enable gardeners to replicate native growing conditions.
The Living Garden
A Place that Works with Nature
In this attractive book, gardening journalist Jane Powers writes entertainingly and expertly on how we can manage our gardens - big or small - in a way that is welcoming to wildlife and good for the rest of the planet. Writing for both novice and experienced gardeners, she shows how we can cut out harmful chemicals, use the right plants for our climate and conditions, and make a garden in which flora and fauna are intricately interwoven.
Cultivating the Garden 1501-1900
This study focuses on the changing role of the garden in Britain from the beginning of the 16th to the end of the 19th century, and features rarely seen botanical illustrations from the Bodleian Libraries and herbaria in Oxford. From their early association with paradise, gardens evolved into laboratories to observe nature closely and storehouses for new plants, before they were transformed into tapestries of native, introduced and newly evolved species as interest in flora spread throughout all levels of society.
A Lifetime's Journey Through Forests, Woods and Gardens
This majestic book offers a complete and thorough explanation of the life of trees: how they grow, their constituent parts, how leaves manufacture nutrients and how they reproduce. Its heartwood is an encyclopedia of more than 600 species from all around the world, illustrated with colour photographs and drawings. Blending authority and enthusiasm, this title is more than a botanical guide - it is a celebration of trees and the ways that they enhance our existence.
The World of Kew
This companion to the BBC Two series A New Year at Kew highlights aspects of the work of the organization's gardeners and scientists that are largely hidden from view, but improve our understanding of the environment and reveal how plants can be used for our benefit. Biodiversity, conservation and medicine are just some of the areas covered in an engrossing narrative. The Gardens' magnificent buildings are surveyed, too, including a state-of-the-art greenhouse for alpine plants and the iconic Pagoda.
Of Cabbages and Kings
The History of Allotments
This history of the allotment movement explains how it has reached the high point it enjoys today, with approximately 330,000 plots around the United Kingdom. Foley reaches back a thousand years to the movement's own roots, when even the lowliest serf had a stake in the land, and traces the influences of monarchs, politicians, pioneers and farmers. As a social history the book reveals much about issues such as unemployment, class struggle and attitudes towards the environment.
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.
Heritage Fruits and Vegetables
This is a sumptuously produced study and celebration of 70 heritage varieties that were in danger of being lost. Today more people grow them, not just to preserve them but because they look and taste so wonderful. With glorious photographs (was ever onion so lovingly portrayed?), this book tells the stories of fruits and vegetables, from asparagus in spring, through soft fruits, beans and salads in summer, to winter squashes and brassicas. Foreword by Raymond Blanc.
A Curious History of a British Obsession
The British landscape is defined by hedges, from hawthorn-bordered fields to neat suburban privet. This illustrated history charts the development of agriculture, describes the ancient art of hedge laying, and follows the work of its most skilled practitioners today. Informative, revealing and anecdotal, it considers the effect of the enclosures during the Industrial Revolution, surveys curious mazes and extravagant topiary, and ponders the lengths people will go to annoy their neighbours.