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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Simple, Green Pest and Disease Control
In this pocket guide, Gardeners' 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Art of the Garden
Presenting works ranging from Leonard Knyff’s panoramic View of Hampton Court (c.1703) to Fabergé’s enamelled and jewelled flowers (c.1900), this volume draws on the Royal Collection to trace the changing design and function of gardens through the art they have inspired. After a short chapter on early Islamic gardens, the history traces royal and aristocratic garden style from medieval sacred gardens to the 19th-century ‘horticultural garden’, with a final chapter on ceramics and ornament. Foreword by Sir Roy Strong.