Christmas Books for Gardeners

I love gardening and I love books and so most gardening books are a welcome gift at Christmas.  Here are two I have received in recent months to review which I think would make excellent Christmas gifts for a gardener.

Keep Calm and Pot On – Good Advice for Gardeners by Liz Dodds would make an excellent stocking filler.  It is a small book only 11cm x 13cm and would easily fit in a bag for dipping into on a journey. The book sets out to impart lots of advice and there is one idea or quote per page.  It is quite an eclectic mix with quotes from Epicurus (341-270BC) through to Monty Don. My favourite quote is from Christopher Lloyd and it is one I have found myself repeating a lot since reading it in this book, “In answer to the amateur gardener’s eternally repeated question ‘When should I?’ and ‘What’s the best time to?’ I’ve concluded that nine times out of ten the answer is ‘When you’re thinking about it; when you’re in the mood.’

Interspersed amongst the quotes are bits of advice and information.  These range from serious to humourous but an overriding theme to the book is how important gardening is to our health: mental and physical. It has a real feel good factor and gives you lots of little and simple ideas to improve your garden.

This is a great little book especially as a Christmas present.  Its one of those books you will want to read bits out loud from to your friends and family.

My second book is Minding My Peas and Cucumbers – Quirky Tales of Allotment Life by Kay Sexton.  This is an excellent present for anyone you know who has an allotment or aspires to have an allotment.  I don’t know quite how to categorise this book as it is a  story but also includes

lots of bits of advice and information.  Kay talks about her efforts to get her own allotment and her journey though minding other people’s plots, being secretary of the allotment association to eventually getting her own plot.  As any one who has experienced allotment life will know there are many characters at the sites and Kay has included a lovely selection within her overriding tale.  The story which runs through holds your interest to the end but on the way you learn all sorts of things from what edibles you can grow in containers, through growing watermelons to surviving an allotment inspection.

It is a lovely read which often made me laugh out loud and I am sure would be welcome by any gardener as a present.

So instead of buying your gardener friend and relative yet more gardening gloves why not buy them a book instead

12 Comments on “Christmas Books for Gardeners

  1. Always like to see someone elses shelf of gardening books, Helen. Says a lot about a person; a lot about a gardener. Good quote from Mr Lloyd – I would love to have met him.

    • Ha ha that is only one of 3 shelves and another one is starting! I would have loved to meet Christopher Lloyd too, I had only just discovered him when he died

  2. Ah, books and gardening, two of my favourite things combined. With a good glass of wine, that shelf would keep me quiet for a little while!

    • I hadnt realised my book shelf photo would be of such interest to people!

  3. Helen, I love the Christopher Lloyd comment. So similar to one I remember from volunteering at the Arnold Arboretum…”when is the best time to take a cutting?..”whenever you have the opportunity!”
    My favorite, for gardeners only, “it’s easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission”
    Yes, I love your tidy bookshelves!

  4. I recognize some of the books on your shelf. Acquiring gardening books (okay any books) can be very addictive. I really enjoy good gardening quotes. The Christopher Lloyd is a gem. I have a gardening friend who had an audience with the CL at great Dixter a few years back. That’s as near as I got to ever meeting him…

  5. Some familiar looking friends on your bookshelf. I have been saving
    “Minding My Peas and Cucumbers” to read over the festive season – sounds as if I’m in for a treat.

  6. I was given the allotment book by Zoe and really like it. Might look out for the other although the space given to gardening books (intended to be hyper generous) has already been filled, overflowed and is doing a sorcerer’s apprentice thing down the stairs.

  7. I think I’d really like that “Keep Calm and Pot On”. The reason your bookshelf is so interesting is that we are all looking for even more books to read! I am so embarrassed by how many gardening books I have, that I have put stacks of them in different rooms. That way, most people won’t make the connection of just how many I have!

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