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Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom by Monty Don (Paperback) ISBN: 9780241347140

Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom by Monty Don (Paperback) ISBN: 9780241347140

Unrivalled gardening wisdom from Monty Don, including essential tips, knowledge and musings from his 50 years of gardening experience. Written as he talks, this is Monty Don right beside you in the garden, challenging norms and sharing advice. Discover Monty's thoughts and garden ideas around nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers, and much more. Read about the month-by month jobs he does in his own garden that he hopes are relevant to you. Monty's intimate and lyrical writing is accompanied by photos of his garden, showing areas rarely seen on television. This is the perfect gift for the gardener in your life. "I have written many gardening books but this is the distillation of 50 years of gardening experience. It has all the tips and essential pieces of knowledge that enable you to make your garden grow well, and it also shares my view that gardening is the secret to living well too."


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The English Garden by Ursula Buchan (Hardback) ISBN: 9780711239166

The English Garden by Ursula Buchan (Hardback) ISBN: 9780711239166

Visit some of the best English gardens without moving from your armchair with this best-selling classic which features over 350 colour photographs. Gardening writer Ursula Buchan has combined forces with garden photographer Andrew Lawson to explore the English garden and capture its richness and diversity, explaining the historical trends and the work of garden makers of the past that have shaped the English gardens we see today. Exploring many garden styles including formality, the landscape tradition, the Arts and Crafts style, the cottage garden and recent phenomena such as New Naturalism, the book discusses themes such as colour, water, ornament and foreign influences, as well as such defining characteristics as the very English urge to grow flowers and the nation's love of roses.


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The Generous Gardener: Private Paradises Shared by Caroline Donald (Hardback) ISBN: 9781910258972

The Generous Gardener: Private Paradises Shared by Caroline Donald (Hardback) ISBN: 9781910258972

What do the celebrated actors, the bestselling novelist, the Nepalese Sherpa and the famous model have in common? Like millions of us, they love their gardens and with good reason, too. Gardening is an art form through which we can all express ourselves. In the words of that grande dame of gardeners Penelope Hobhouse, Gardening makes people happy. And, as gardening editor of The Sunday Times, Caroline Donald has been allowed beyond the gate of many a private paradise to share this passion. Included in The Generous Gardener are the stories, in words and pictures, of more than forty private gardens, including those belonging to Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton, Jilly Cooper, William Christie, Harrison Birtwistle, Kelly Brook, Natasha Spender, Catherine FitzGerald and Dominic West, Julian and Isabel Bannerman, Penelope Hobhouse, Bob Flowerdew, Roy Lancaster, Luciano Giubbilei, and Dan Pearson.


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Island Gardens: Havens of Beauty Around the British Isles by Jackie Bennett and Richard Hanson (Hardback) ISBN: 9780711239753

Island Gardens: Havens of Beauty Around the British Isles by Jackie Bennett and Richard Hanson (Hardback) ISBN: 9780711239753

From Tresco to Lindisfarne, Anglesey to Sark, travel around the British Isles and discover the most beautiful and extreme island gardens on this visually stunning tour. The British Isles consist of more than 6,000 islands scattered around the main islands of Britain and Ireland. More than 100 of these British off-shore islands are inhabited – and where there are people, there are gardens. Lighthouse gardens, gulf-stream-soaked, tropical gardens, windswept remote gardens with giant and ancient yew trees, and gardens surrounding castles and monasteries of historical significance. Encounter a huge variety of habitats and gardening conditions, from coastal machair to woodlands, mountains, dunes and meadows, and explore a wide range of aspects, from shady dells, to sunny banks, deep-soiled productive gardens to rocky, alpine slopes. While they can differ dramatically with regards to aesthetics, what all island gardens share is the special light, magical atmosphere and indefinable magic that a proximity to water can bring. Here, Jackie Bennett reveals the challenges their gardeners face, the designs required in such extremes, and the skills their gardeners have mastered to survive and thrive, accompanied by stunning photography by garden and drone photographer Richard Hanson.


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Japanese Gardens: a personal journey by Monty Don (Hardback) ISBN: 9781473692299 MAY 2019

Japanese Gardens: a personal journey by Monty Don (Hardback) ISBN: 9781473692299 MAY 2019

The complement to the BBC2 series, Japanese Gardens Beautifully produced in full colour and with over 200 original photographs by Derry Moore and written by Monty Don, the duo behind the highly-acclaimed Paradise Gardens.

Traditional Japanese gardens combine aesthetics with ethics, beauty with philosophy in a celebration of the natural world. A Japanese garden is the natural world made miniature: rocks represent mountains, ponds represent seas. Natural and man-made elements combine to create a garden that, while natural, is not wild.

In this very personal and lyrical exploration of both the traditional and the modern aspects of Japanese gardening, Monty Don takes a look at at the traditions and culture which inform some of the most beautiful gardens from all over Japan, from Kenroku-en to the Zen gardens of Tokyo and the historic beauty of Kyoto.

This beautiful, full colour book guides us through the history and beauty of Japanese gardens, taking the reader from the famous cherry blossom season, known as hanami, to the autumnal crimson magnificence of momijigari.


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Joseph Banks' Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage by Mel Gooding et al (Hardback) ISBN: 9780500022870

Joseph Banks' Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook's First Voyage by Mel Gooding et al (Hardback) ISBN: 9780500022870

A full-colour publication of the botanical illustrations commissioned by Joseph Banks, with expert commentaries.

Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768 to 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned over 700 superlative engravings between 1772 and 1784. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created.

The Florilegium was never published in Banks’ lifetime, and it was not until 1990 that a complete set in colour was issued in a boxed edition (limited to 100 copies) under the direction of the British Museum (Natural History). It is from these prints that the present selection is made, directed by David Mabberley, who has provided expert botanical commentaries, with additional texts by art historian Mel Gooding, setting the works in context as a perfect conjunction of nature, science and art. An afterword by Joseph Studholme describes the history of the modern printing.

Table of Contents

The Making of Banks’ Florilegium I: The voyage of Endeavour, Mel Gooding • The Plates,
David Mabberley • The Making of Banks’ Florilegium II: The Florilegium, 1772–1990,
Mel Gooding • The Modern Printing of the Florilegium, Joe Studholme


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Landscape of Dreams: The Gardens of Isabel and Julian Bannerman by Isabel and Julian Bannerman (Paperback) ISBN: 9781910258262

Landscape of Dreams: The Gardens of Isabel and Julian Bannerman by Isabel and Julian Bannerman (Paperback) ISBN: 9781910258262

"A beautifully illustrated and endearing part-biography, part-overview of the thinking behind their work..." - Sunday Times Garden Book of the Year "Character oozes through every pore of the book." - Tim Richardson, Country Life "Gloriously illustrated...displays their touches of genius everywhere. The book is ostensibly about gardens, or garden designs, but it is so much more than that. It's about passion, vision, commitment and entertainment, and it's also a glorious celebration of England." - Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler "The Bannermans' designs combine monumentality with carefully balanced humour and it's a pleasure to learn how they come to fruition." - The Garden "A record of the grand scale gardens made by these two offbeat visionaries . . . a compelling read." - Mary Keen, Telegraph "Lushly illustrated, beautifully-penned and instructive account of the work of this well-known UK garden design duo." - Irish Times "Inspiring reading." - Evening Standard "I just gorged myself on this magnificent book. Utterly transporting. It's the first gardening book I couldn't put down." - Dominic West "Isabel and Julian Bannerman have turned dreams to ethereal reality time and again. This is a glorious scrapbook-style story of some of their most notable works." - The English Garden "An absolutely magical book. Such brilliant writing, vivid, engaged . . . this is a most potent record of true brilliance." - Anna Pavord "Weavers of garden fairy tales..." - Homes and Gardens "This book, a personal account of the couple's key design projects, builds up a picture, both in words and images, of what this special touch involves." - Gardens Illustrated "Full of wonderful photographs - but do read the writing from the beginning: it's romantic, thoughtful and inspiring." - The Lady "This glorious book is not only beautiful to look at, it is written in wonderfully descriptive language. I found my head filled with ideas as well as thoughts about what gardening is all about." - Reckless Gardener "Packed with sumptuous images of their quirky, stately and inventive British gardens which although largely grand are nonetheless really inspiring." - A Little Bird


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RHS A Nation in Bloom: Celebrating the People, Plants & Places of the Royal Horticultural Society  by Matthew Biggs (Hardback) ISBN: 9780711239357

RHS A Nation in Bloom: Celebrating the People, Plants & Places of the Royal Horticultural Society by Matthew Biggs (Hardback) ISBN: 9780711239357

The RHS is the world's largest gardening charity but what it does and why is little understood and rarely celebrated. From defining new gardening trends at the Chelsea Flower Show, to ranking the best dahlias to grow at the Wisley trial grounds, to inspiring communities with Britain in Bloom, educating children to grow and eat their veg through the Campaign for School Gardening, the RHS works tirelessly to improve the gardener's lot.

With the use of evocative archive images and contemporary photos by award-winning Jason Ingram, this beautiful book explores the past, present and future of this most influential organisation by listening to the voices of those working today. From the thousands of volunteers in the society's five unique gardens (Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex, Harlow Carr in Yorkshire and new addition Bridgewater in Salford), to the one million visitors to its inspirational flower shows (including Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton Park, Cardiff, Wisley and Chatsworth); the society gives meaning to more than 475,000 members, millions of television viewers and visitors from around the world.

The RHS is the best of gardening, and this book presents the best of the RHS. Behind the scenes, access all areas, this book will give lasting pleasure to anyone who enjoys their garden


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RHS The Secrets of Great Botanists: and What They Teach Us About Gardening by Matthew Biggs ( Hardback) ISBN: 9781784724979

RHS The Secrets of Great Botanists: and What They Teach Us About Gardening by Matthew Biggs ( Hardback) ISBN: 9781784724979

Botanists are the trailblazers who first discovered how plants work and collected from around the world many of the species that we find in our gardens today. This informative and beautiful guide presents the stories of 35 plant collectors and gardening pioneers of the past and present, including Joseph Banks, Asa Gray and Marianne North.

Arranged in chronological order, each profile covers one botanist, presenting their life story, discoveries and legacy, while special feature pages reveal their secrets, exploring the qualities that brought them success and showing what ordinary gardeners can learn from them.

Illustrated with beautiful period botanical watercolours and vibrant photographs, RHS The Secrets of Great Botanists will provide inspiration and practical guidance for gardeners of all levels, from successful plant cultivation to adding interest to your garden.


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The Story Of The English Garden by Ambra Edwards (Hardback) ISBN: 9781911358251

The Story Of The English Garden by Ambra Edwards (Hardback) ISBN: 9781911358251

The story of the English garden is a long and colourful one. From tiny medieval gardens to vast Georgian parks, from regimented Victorian glasshouses crammed with exotic specimens to today's informal, ecologically inspired planting, this book traces the complex and ever-changing relationship between the English and their gardens for over 500 years.

Featuring some of the most beautiful and influential gardens in the world, it's a story ruled by passion and power and politics too. Ambra s wonderful storytelling celebrates not just the beauty and the unique character of the English garden but its quirkiness too, including follies, grottos and hermitages.

Ambra Edwards is an environmental campaigner and award-winning writer, three times voted the Garden Media Guild's Journalist of the Year. She has written and contributed to a number of books, of which the last, Head Gardeners, was named 'Inspirational Garden Book of the Year' at the Garden Media Guild Awards in 2017.


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Walled Gardens by Jules Hudson (Hardback) ISBN: 9781909881969

Walled Gardens by Jules Hudson (Hardback) ISBN: 9781909881969

Join writer and broadcaster Jules Hudson on a fascinating voyage of discovery around some of Britain s most beautiful and productive walled kitchen gardens.

For centuries, walled gardens have provided a wealth of food, fruit and flowers for our great houses. Beginning as simple medieval enclosures, they evolved into powerful status symbols and centres of world-class horticultural expertise. Yet during the 20th century their fortunes failed, and most were lost or abandoned, as were many of the skills needed to run them. Happily, today many have been revived.

From the fairy-tale enclosure of Knightshayes Court in Devon to the garden that Churchill built by hand at Chartwell in Kent, from the recently revived garden at Blickling in Norfolk to the atmospheric ruins at Plas Newydd in North Wales, Walled Gardens is the perfect guide for anyone who shares a fascination for these unique and enchanting spaces.

Well known for presenting the BBC s hit series Escape to the Country and Countryfile, Jules Hudson is an archaeologist and historian. He brings these skills along with an infectious enthusiasm for gardens and social history to this beautifully illustrated book. Working with a rich and colourful cast of gardeners and owners, he discovers the features that define our greatest walled kitchen gardens, providing an invaluable template for those many other examples that still await restoration.


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