Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Remaking a Garden

I wonder how many of gardeners could with all honesty look at the garden they have created objectively and take drastic actions to completely reinvent the atmosphere and flow of the space.  This is exactly what Sir Roy Strong has … Continue reading

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Book Review: British Gardens in Time

There is nothing I enjoy more than a bit of history and when it’s coupled with horticulture I am a very happy person.  So I was thrilled to be offered a review copy of British Gardens in Time; the book … Continue reading

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Gardening Myths & Misconceptions – A Book Review

I firmly believe that a lot of garden lore derives from job creation for the legions of under gardeners that used to exist.  I have a habit of doing gardening jobs as and when they occur to me and I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Backyard Blueprints

  I have to admit that Backyard Blueprints isn’t  the sort of book I would normally buy as it has a design focus which isn’t my real interest.  However, as it focusses on small gardens, or backyards, I thought it … Continue reading

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The 20-30 Something Garden Guide – A Book Review

Hells bells my shoddy compost making has been immortalised in print in my friend Dee’s new book – The 20-30 Something Garden Guide. I met Dee last summer at the Garden Bloggers Spring Fling in San Francisco.  We seemed to … Continue reading

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Of Rhubarb and Roses: Book Review

If you are ever, as I often am, in need of a quick garden writing fix – maybe a drop of wisdom from Beth Chatto, Vita Sackville-West or Dan Pearson – then Of Rhubarb and Roses is for you. The … Continue reading

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The Founding Gardeners – A Review

If you thought protecting natural species and the environmental movement was a 20th century phenomon then you would be wrong.  According to Andrea Wulf in The Founding Gardeners, James Madison, the fourth President of the US, was way ahead of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto

As a bit of an Italophile I was more than happy to receive a review copy of The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto by Jenny Condie.  However, I did wonder if this book would have a limited market being … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New English Garden

“A garden is inseparable from its legends. It needs, as well as walking, reading” Alasdair Forbes, Plaz Metaxu At first glance The New English Garden by Tim Richardson looks like your typical coffee table book. Large, heavy and full of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Chelsea A Centenary Celebration

I was thrilled to  recently be offered a review copy of RHS Chelsea Flower Show: A Centenary Celebration by Brent Elliott.  Although in recent years my enthusiasm for the show has waned I was curious to learn about the history … Continue reading

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