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.
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.
Pastoral Influences on Poetry, Painting and the Design of Landscape
How has our landscape been shaped by the concept of Arcadia – the pastoral paradise nostalgically evoked in the classical poetry of Theocritus and Virgil? Landscape architect Allan Ruff traces the Arcadian tradition in the management of land and in its artistic depictions, from the ancient world, through Renaissance Italy, to modern England, America and the Netherlands. Ruff ends by considering how Arcadian ecology is now influencing sustainable urban design in the regeneration of sites such as London’s Olympic Park.
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.
Uvedale Price (1747–1829)
Decoding the Picturesque
Although he has remained an elusive figure, Uvedale Price (1747–1829), the author of Essay on the Picturesque (1794), was, according to Nikolaus Pevsner, ‘the most brilliant of the theorists of the English picturesque’. This first, full-scale biography of Price demonstrates how his theories, which excited Georgian society, were based both on his experience of managing his estate at Foxley in Herefordshire, and on his interests in art and ancient and modern literature.
History, Cultivation and Varieties
Originally an Alpine perennial with medicinal uses, auricula flowers were so colourful and fragrant that people began cultivating the plant purely for pleasure. Easy to propagate and maintain, over the centuries increasing numbers of varieties were produced, 200 of which are listed here with many accompanying photographs. Including advice on exhibiting, dealing with pests and diseases and a fascinating history of the plant, this is a useful reference for casual readers and enthusiasts alike.
Heritage Fruits & 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
Great Garden Design
Showcasing over 300 of the UK’s best contemporary garden designs, by 50 designers, this useful guide presents photographs, information and inspiration for outdoor spaces large and small. As well as providing advice on planting, pathways, entrances and water features, Hodgson considers what you will do in your garden – eat, play, bathe etc. – and how to keep it environmentally friendly. The book includes information on how to realize your own design, and a directory of reputable designers.
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.
British Gardens in India
Describing the empire-building British of the Raj, Professor Herbert writes, ‘they took with them as part of their cultural baggage their love of gardens and their certainties about what a garden should look like’. In this pioneering history, she discusses the gardens the British created for themselves in India, whether viceroys and their wives, minor officials, soldiers or professional botanists. The result is an illustrated exploration of their lasting horticultural influence in India, and India’s influence on them.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite its distinguished history, garden painting seems to have fallen from favour. This delightful survey of the work of 21 contemporary artists - including the author - demonstrates that the genre is alive and well. Working in a wide range of media and styles, the artists hail from the United States, Britain and continental Europe, and reproductions of their pictures are accompanied by brief biographical sketches. Among the gardens depicted is that of Sir Roy Strong, who has contributed the foreword.
The skill of growing fruit is to manage the shape and size of the tree or plant so that it can produce the best quality yield without becoming exhausted. Illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this gardener's guide provides tips on choosing the most appropriate fruits for your garden, instruction on how to train, support, prune and protect them, and detailed advice on individual fruits, from container-grown raspberries to apple, pear and plum trees.
Remaking a Garden
The Laskett Transformed
In over 30 years, Sir Roy Strong and his wife Julia Trevelyan Oman created a stunning historical garden at their home, The Laskett in Herefordshire. After his wife's death in 2003, Sir Roy decided to remodel the garden, which had become overgrown and closed in on itself. In a book to inspire fellow gardeners, he records the remaking of The Laskett garden in his own words, accompanied by the before-and-after and action photographs of Clive Boursnell.