Book Review: My Life with Plants

It was with some trepidation that I agreed to review Roy Lancaster’s My Life with Plants; after all commenting on the writing of someone who is held in such high esteem by so many in the horticultural world and beyond is quite intimidating. My Life with Plants is a form of autobiography written by Roy…

A Book Review BOGOF

As I am blogging less I am feeling guilty that I owe a couple of book reviews to Frances Lincoln so I thought I would go for a BOGOF approach (Blog one, get one free). Shakespeare’s Gardens by Jackie Bennett As an English Literature graduate I have a love/hate relationship with Shakespeare and interestingly having…

A timely reminder

  I read last night and into the early hours and wept. It’s rare for a book to hold me in this way. Despite its title, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening is not a gardening book although the education of a gardener is the premise for the story. Nor is it about the author’s battle…

Book Review: The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual

As a gardener who uses their greenhouse for more than tomatoes and annual seedlings I was interested to receive a review copy of The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual by Roger Marshall from Timber Press.  There aren’t many books on greenhouse gardening and in fact they rarely appear in the media so I thought it would be…

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 done at The Laskett, the garden he created with his late wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman,…

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 which accompanies the new BBC series. The book, and television series, showcase four well-known British…

My top twenty reads

It’s always interesting where conversations on twitter can lead to.  The other day the Guardian’s top 100 reads, which it turned out was from Amazon.com, was tweeted which then prompted a discussion about how many some of us had read, what a strange selection they were and what we would have included.  Needless to say…

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 everyone else.  In May 1818 in his Address to the Agriculture Society of Albemarle railed…

Bedside Reading – 18th August

I have to admit to being a compulsive reader and the pile of books, magazines etc is always at a precarious point of tipping over.  I have a tendency when I am interested in something to read a lot about it, acquiring books from here and there. This is my current reading.  For fiction I…